Is Sean Spicer okay? The White House press secretary sparked some concern during today's White House press conference, during which he wore his American flag pin upside down. It was almost certainly an accident—Spicer is no more a stranger to wardrobe malfunctions than his boss—but an upside-down flag is an officially recognized sign of distress.
According to Yahoo's White House correspondent Hunter Walker, Spicer was handed a note by Omarosa Manigault before he started taking questions. Then he quickly fixed his pin...though it took him a couple of tries.
Twitter was characteristically quick to respond, and one of the first responses came from the account for Netflix's political thriller House of Cards, which used the upside down flag in a recent season five promo.
Your loyalty has not gone unnoticed. https://t.co/ba1kz1yvXFMarch 10, 2017
“There’s no promo” for @HouseofCards, jokes @PressSec after the flag pin error is pointed out. pic.twitter.com/UCPL7AeQc1March 10, 2017
Spicer laughed it off—but Twitter remains unconvinced.
Spicer's USA flag pin is upside down. A silent scream for help? pic.twitter.com/A9UJdA1rzxMarch 10, 2017
So...how long do we have to wait for Melissa McCarthy's next SNL stint as Spicer?
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