White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was mocked on Friday afternoon for accidentally wearing his flag pin upside down during the daily briefing.
Reporters made note of the positioning of Spicer’s flag pin immediately after he took the podium this afternoon, and it took mere seconds for this to blow up on Twitter. In particular, Twitter users speculated that Spicer was plugging the upcoming season of House of Cards, as the logo for that show is an upside down American flag.
Some reporters also jokingly suggested that Spicer was wearing the flag pin this way as a cry for help. 4 U.S. Code § 8 states that the American flag “should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.”
As soon as Sean Spicer finished his opening remarks, he was handed a note from Omarosa Manigault, the White House’s director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison. This note presumably informed Spicer that his flag pin was upside down, as he immediately adjusted the pin.
However, the flag pin was still not turned the right way, and so reporters, including John Roberts of Fox News, chimed in to tell Spicer that it was upside down. He sarcastically thanked them for the fashion advice and then moved on to the rest of the briefing.
During this light exchange, one reporter in the room actually mentioned the House of Cards connection, to which Spicer responded that he was not, in fact, doing a promotion for the Netflix show.