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White House press secretary Sean Spicer opened his daily press briefing with his American flag lapel pin upside down — and the internet noticed.
Spicer took the podium in the White House briefing room Friday and launched into a recap of President Donald Trump’s first 50 days in office.
Twitter lit up with jokes about the pin. Some posters noted that, traditionally, an upside-down American flag is a sign of distress or an act of political protest.
Others tweeted that it was the logo for the television political series House of Cards and wondered if it was subtle advertising. When a reporter mentioned the television show to Spicer at the press conference he laughed and said, “No promo.”
The situation was rectified when Spicer called on Fox News reporter John Roberts for the first question of the briefing. Roberts pointed out the pin, and Spicer fixed it.
Sean Spicer’s flag pin is upside down. pic.twitter.com/mYr1xJHHeg
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) March 10, 2017
Later on in the press conference, Spicer said, “Don’t let me move this podium” referencing Melissa McCarthy’s impression of him on Saturday Night Live.
After the press conference, the House of Cards Twitter account even replied to Spicer about the upside down pin:
Your loyalty has not gone unnoticed. https://t.co/ba1kz1yvXF
— House of Cards (@HouseofCards) March 10, 2017
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