White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer showed up to the daily White House briefing wearing his flag pin upside-down. Twitter filled in the gaps.
Normally, displaying an American flag upside-down is only appropriate if done as a symbol of distress, according to U.S. Flag Code. Twitter wondered if Sean Spicer was secretly communicating a distress signal to the American public, an obvious mocking of Trump’s ongoing communication with notorious conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.
When asked about it, Spicer laughed about it, and turned it back the right way, saying, “I appreciate that.” However, that didn’t stop the flurry of questions from social media. Huffington Post reporter Christina Wilkie tweeted at Twitter’s conspiracy theorists with Morning Consult reporter Eli Yokley’s screenshot of the press briefing. Comedy writer Jesse McLaren referenced the ominous dark Statue of Liberty on the eve of International Women’s Day.
Attention conspiracy theorists >>> https://t.co/bj8qtoqMu0
— Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) March 10, 2017
Sean Spicer's flag pin was just upside down.
Reporter asks if it is a distress call.
Spicer says he's fine. pic.twitter.com/jbHOv43Rdv
— Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) March 10, 2017
"The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger." pic.twitter.com/AjbWAyvSXB
— Jordan Uhl (@JordanUhl) March 10, 2017
— Dillon R. Carpenter (@DillonRCarp) March 10, 2017
— Eli Yokley (@eyokley) March 10, 2017
i fixed ur flag pin for u sean pic.twitter.com/Y9iCnYNKny
— darth™ (@darth) March 10, 2017
4 U.S. Code § 8
(a) flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distresshttps://t.co/4CoCIdKIco
— Micah Grimes (@MicahGrimes) March 10, 2017
Spicer's flag pin appears to be upside down. traditional SOS signal…
— Erik Wasson (@elwasson) March 10, 2017
Somehow this doesn't seem to be a mistake; Sean Spicer's flag pin is upside down. pic.twitter.com/fHUH3mmMld
— SeriouslyUS? (@USseriously) March 10, 2017
[Sean Spicer's flag pin is upside down]
DARK STATUE OF LIBERTY: ok, even I think that's a bit much. pic.twitter.com/LJZRNcxDmZ
— Jesse McLaren (@McJesse) March 10, 2017
The #SaveSpicer hashtag has since sprung up since the press conference, with conversation focusing on whether or not Spicer is silently calling for the American people to save him. As of this writing, nobody has publicly volunteered.
Kevin Wallace is a journalist with five years’ experience in print and digital media, and covers politics, media, and culture for the Resistance Report. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.