Spicer SOS? White House spokesman’s upside down flag pin unleashes Twitter frenzy
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.
After being handed a note, it took Sean Spicer two tries to fix his pin. Today is not his day pic.twitter.com/P8OGcJZlwB— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) 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
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
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
Spicer’s press briefings and tweets regularly court controversy, and have become the subject of mockery both by the Twitterati and, most famously, by actress and comedian Melissa McCarthy on NBC’s Saturday Night Live.
His utterances have become so notorious they’ve even sparked their own bingo game – the aptly named “Spicetime Bingo.”