From The Atlantic
Using the Presidential Alert system first tested in October 2018, the president sends a text message to every American’s cellphone, warning that there is “a risk of violence at polling stations” and that “troops will be deployed as necessary” to keep order. Some members of opposition groups are frightened into staying home on Election Day; other people simply can’t find accurate information online about voting. With turnout at a historical low, a president who was facing impeachment just months earlier handily wins reelection—and marks his victory by renewing the state of emergency.
So let's imagine that it's Election Day 2020 and that actually happens. The POTUS sends out a Presidential Alert to every cell phone in the country, advising that there is potential for widespread violence at polling places.
Some governors, sensing this possibility in advance, deploy state National Guard to ward off such a mess but POTUS is a step ahead, and takes a last minute step of "federalizing" all National Guard, so they are now under his orders, and he diverts Guard in heavily blue states to other projects, like his wall, for instance, or for anything at all, as long as it doesn't involve keeping polling places safe and secure.
He also decides to tweet long and loud about the need for dutiful supporters to "liberate" polling places in those blue states.
The question is for the individual who glances at their phone and reads the alert: What would your reaction be?
What would your reaction be to ANY "Presidential Alert"?