DeSantis Speculates Possible ‘EMP Attack’ Amid Widespread Cellular Outage

Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) speculated on what Americans would do in a possible “EMP attack.”

An EMP, or an electromagnetic pulse, is a “burst of electromagnetic energy produced by a nuclear explosion in the atmosphere, considered capable of widespread damage to power lines, telecommunications, and electronic equipment,” according to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

“Imagine if we had an EMP attack or something,” DeSantis said. “What would end up happening to this country?”

You’re so naturally reliant on having cell service, you’re in the car, you need to figure out, you know, all this other stuff. It’s a little bit jarring to think about to think about the implications of something like that happen[ing] on a much grander scale.

The statement comes as thousands of people across the United States experienced cellular outages.

Some suggested the United States was under a cyberattack.

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) wrote on X, “I don’t know the cause of the AT&T outage,” adding, “But I do know it will be 100 times worse when #China launches a cyber attack on America on the eve of a #Taiwan invasion.”

“And it won’t be just cell service they hit, it will be your power, your water and your bank.”