Unlike regular Twitter user President Donald Trump, Hawaii Gov. David Ige couldn’t tweet a message about the recent nuclear false alarm without the help of his staff.
As Fox News reports, Ige acknowledged Monday that he couldn’t remember his username and password when he wanted to get the word out about the false alarm North Korean missile threat. The governor says he has made a digital note of his Twitter particulars on his smart phone and will be able to Tweet just like the president in the event of another emergency.
Reporters asked Ige why it took 15 minutes for the governor to alert citizens about the false alarm. Ige was aware of the error at 8:09 a.m. Jan. 13 but waited until 8:24 to inform the public via social media.
Cindy McMillan, who manages communications for the governor, has also described the social media panic that ensued when the governor frantically contacted her on the morning of the fiasco to compose a disclaimer.
The bogus missile alert remains a political issue in Hawaii, where the Republican candidate for governor has dubbed Ige “Doomsday David” in the wake of the missile attack that didn’t happen. John Carroll says the incident has shaken Ige’s credibility with voters and “Doomsday David Ige has got to go now.”