White House press secretary Sean Spicer walked into Friday’s press briefing with an upside down American flag – an official distress signal – on his lapel, prompting a frenzy of speculation online.
Spicer was reportedly passed a note to alert him to the gaffe, but sparked reaction from the press as he struggled to put the pin in its correct, upright, position.
— Jason Kraley (@JasonKraley) March 10, 2017
He brushed off suggestions that the error was a subtle promotion for the new series of the TV show “House of Cards,” which is using the upside down flag in its Season 5 teaser.
“There’s no promo,” he said, as he fixed the flag.
Meanwhile online there was a frenzy of speculation, with the Netflix show leading the way, tweeting: “Your loyalty has not gone unnoticed.”
Your loyalty has not gone unnoticed. https://t.co/ba1kz1yvXF
— House of Cards (@HouseofCards) March 10, 2017
The faux pass, unsurprisingly, has dominated Twitter chatter as netizens wonder if there was a hidden meaning to the mishap.
Some suggested that maybe Spicer knows something the rest of us don’t, while others proposed it was just a metaphor for the Trump administration as a whole.
DISTRESS SIGNAL?? Sean Spicer's American flag lapel pin is upside down. What does he know that we don't?? pic.twitter.com/OOINnjGvBw
— Ben Bradley (@BenBradleyTV) March 10, 2017
— Kate Measer (@katemeas) March 10, 2017
— Dave Dinoff (@ddinoff) March 10, 2017
— Emma (@politics_n_prep) March 10, 2017
Sean Spicer's American flag pin is upside down. Upside down flag is a distress symbol. Headline: Metaphor Delivers Press Conference.
— Erin 🎶Gloria🎶 Ryan (@morninggloria) March 10, 2017
i fixed ur flag pin for u sean pic.twitter.com/Y9iCnYNKny
— darth™ (@darth) March 10, 2017
Spicer came under fire just hours earlier for commenting on the Bureau of Labor Statistics jobs report within an hour of its release – a violation of a 1985 federal rule. Spicer told the press he posted the tweet out of “excitement” about the positive job figures.
Great news for American workers: economy added 235,000 new jobs, unemployment rate drops to 4.7% in first report for @POTUS Trump
— Sean Spicer (@PressSec) March 10, 2017