How do I display newlines in the result of the description field of an alert?

I'm using an alert component and want to display the result of a query in the Description field.

What's the proper way to format newline characters so they are properly displayed there?
\r\n characters are simply ignored.

Thank you

I have tried and have not found a solution as the description is a string....

An alert is just a Status component and a Text component combined together...the text component has multi line capability...