SNL spoofs Presidential Alert and Cricket Wireless in one hilarious video

Leave it to Saturday Night Live to satirize two subjects with a single stone, uh, video. Last night, the 43-year old comedy show took aim at the Presidential Alert test that most U.S. smartphones received last Wednesday at 2:18pm ET. This system will be used to warn the American people about a national emergency, catastrophic weather conditions, and other dire situations.

Calling the message a Presidential Alert is actually a misnomer. The content of the message is not written by President Donald Trump, although the president can decide when to send one out. There is actually a law called The Integrated Public Alert and Warning System Modernization Act of 2015 that prevents Trump, or any future president, from using the system for anything other than alerting the public about a national disaster.

While we don't want to give the whole gag away, the premise of the SNL video is that the content of these alerts are written by Trump in the same style he employs on Twitter. In real life, 75% of the U.S. population was sent a Presidential Alert as over 100 stateside carriers participated in the test.

According to SNL though, customers of one pre-paid wireless company did not receive the alert. To find out more, click on the video at the top of this article. And remember, this is only a joke.

source: SNL



1. middlehead

Posts: 469; Member since: May 12, 2014

I actually didn't get the alert on Cricket, but it's because I have an international phone instead of a US-shipped unit.

26. michaelny2001

Posts: 348; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

i have a OnePlus 3 and i am on cricket for over 2 years. i got it. nothing special. lol

2. newbey123

Posts: 702; Member since: Mar 19, 2012


4. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

It's almost certain that the Presidential Alert will get misused to somehow attack Democrats before the November 6th election, as a last-ditch effort to try and save a terribly unpopular Republican party. Though I have to admit that I did enjoy the skit, especially when it turned to a burn on Cricket Wireless. It was a fun twist

6. DurTeeDee

Posts: 151; Member since: Sep 05, 2014

I'm highly doubtful of that, and we aren't unpopular we just don't do polling . I personally think it's a waste of time to answer surveys that do.. nothing but make politicans lazier.

10. tedkord

Posts: 17489; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Yeah, republicans do polls - Rasmussen is a wing of the republican party. And, yes they are unpopular right now, but only because they've embraced Trump.

20. DurTeeDee

Posts: 151; Member since: Sep 05, 2014

Maybe you should check said polls, looks to be a 51% approval which is normal. I don't think he's as unpopular as some think.

22. JoePhoto

Posts: 49; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Trump ... you mean who is working well to possibly be the best president ever ??? But he will have to work hard to beat Rosevelt and Reagan.

24. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

LOL, Trump? The best president ever? You do know the man is a joke to the entire world? Don't believe me? He bragged about doing more than any other administration in the history of the country to the UN, and the world leaders couldn't help but laugh at him.

13. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Umm, of course Republicans do polling, Fox news does plenty as well, in fact, they just released a poll a couple weeks ago that stated that amongst their viewers, Trump's tax plan is less popular than Obama's Affordable Care Act. And I know full well that farmers are not happy with him because he's costing the agriculture industry billions and billions with his trade war, and rural farmers are a significant portion of his base supporters. Also, I'm a registered Republican and I hate the party these days because they have zero conviction and have only proven to be a group of self-serving opportunists.

12. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2488; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

It can’t be misused as the law defines it as only being allowed for certain national disaster events. The only difference between this alert system and the ones used by the National Weather Service to let you know you’re in a flood zone is that you cannot turn these alerts off. And these alerts can also be used in the event of a terrorist attack.

14. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I'm sorry, but Trump doesn't give two [explitive] about laws or behaving in a restrained manner. He's impulsive and has a sense of entitlement that he's free to do as he pleases. That is blatantly obvious from his time in the Whitehouse.

18. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2488; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

If you honestly believe that a system in which he doesn’t even write the alerts nor is the party responsible for actually sending the alerts is going to abuse it then I’m sorry but you’re completely ignorant. Not to mention, you do know that the president has the power to interrupt all local broadcasts for any kind of presidential message he deemed necessary but has yet to abuse that power either. Just FYI by pushing these false opinions and narratives on Trump you are not exactly rising above the vitriol and banter used against Obama when he was in office. Remember all those times when people would say “Obama is going to be able to do ____” and it was completely out of the realm of possibility? You’re doing exactly that right now. And you’re sounding JUST AS stupid.

21. civicsr2cool

Posts: 278; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

Trump Derangement Syndrome at its finest lol

23. JoePhoto

Posts: 49; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

And No-Bama didnt ??? He also never showed a valid BC, SS, passport, etc.

25. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Oh my God, your stupidity knows no limits, his birth certificate is valid. And the only people who think he wasn't born in the states are racists.

16. tedkord

Posts: 17489; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Since when does what the law says matter to Trump? The emollients clause is a perfect example.

8. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Hey! I switched to Cricket a year ago! Where's my candy?

9. monkeyb

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

Cricket Wireless customer here. Everyone in my family got it. So I guess its just wrong information in the name of a joke. CW has the best network for the price I am paying on a family plan.

15. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

It was a cheap jab for the sake of laughs, I can't criticize you for making the decision to stretch your money as far as it will go.

17. tedkord

Posts: 17489; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It was just a joke.

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