BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.
Hawaii representatives like Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard announced the panic had been a false alarm — 38 terrifying minutes later. Governor David Ige told reporters an employee triggered the alert by "hitting the wrong button." Gabbard commented to CNN's Jake Tapper that describing the incident as "traumatic" would be an understatement.
When the people of Hawaiʻi got this message yesterday, they were literally going through this feeling of "I've got minutes to find my loved ones, to say my last goodbyes, to figure out where could I possibly find shelter that would protect me from a nuclear attack." pic.twitter.com/5Qb7OteSpP— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) January 14, 2018
Though this ordeal ended up being a false alarm, Gabbard would like to make sure America "really highlights the stark reality the people of Hawaii are facing." Cold-war era missile siren tests have become familiar throughout the state as tensions between the U.S. and North Korea increase.
Kim Jung Un: I have a big button on my desk.— Faber (@dfaber84) January 13, 2018
Donald Trump: I have a big button on my desk.
Hawaii Emergency Alert Guy: Watch this.
Some fuckers: "lol a woman president would be bad, what if she was EMOTIONAL"— Denizcan James (@MrFilmkritik) January 7, 2018
Trump: "My nuclear button is bigger than everyone elses and I'm a very stable genius!"
We’ve got to get to the underlying issue here of why are the people of Hawaii and this country facing a nuclear threat coming from North Korea today, and what is this President doing urgently to eliminate that threat? … I’ve been calling on President Trump to directly negotiate with North Korea, to sit across the table from Kim Jong Un.
Gabbard believes Kim Jong Un is unlikely to give up his nuclear program after so many other dictators have done the same, only to be overthrown shortly thereafter.
So that exists as a result, again, of our decades-long regime change world policies around the world, that North Korea is now in a position where Kim Jong-un is saying, no way, I’m not going to give up these nuclear weapons. Because he doesn’t see that credible message coming from the United States that we don’t — we’re not interested in overthrowing your government. We’re interested in removing this nuclear threat from our country in the world.
I've been calling on President Trump to directly negotiate with North Korea without preconditions, to sit across the table from Kim Jong-un, work out the differences so that we can build a pathway towards denuclearization to remove this threat.— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) January 14, 2018
Gabbard's idea might not be a bad one. After all, North and South Korea have just resumed their dialogue and negotiations after two years of silence.