Is Sean Spicer in distress? The White House press secretary accidentally wore his flag pin upside down at a news conference Friday, until a reporter gave him a heads-up. The upside-down flag is traditionally a distress signal and call for help.
Fox News’ John Roberts opened up the question-and-answer segment of the briefing by teasing Spicer about the pin being upside-down and the press secretary quickly fixed it, seemingly unaware of the symbolic meaning of an upside-down-flag.
“John Roberts, always helpful with the fashion tips,” Spicer said as another reporter jokingly asked if it was a distress call.
Sean Spicer's flag pin was just upside down.
Reporter asks if it is a distress call.
Spicer says he's fine. pic.twitter.com/jbHOv43Rdv
— Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) March 10, 2017
Spicer, who has become a household name after being mocked by Melissa McCarthy on “Saturday Night Live,” continues to accidentally provide material for the comedy show. Spicer even poked fun at himself when he referenced attacking reporters with the podium, which McCarthy often does during her impersonation.
Trump and his surrogates have had an unusually combative relationship with the media, referring to the news industry as the “opposition party.” Trump has called out CNN as “fake news.”
However, Spicer has developed an at-times playful relationship with the press. He dubbed today’s briefing “One-Question Friday,” because of reporters’ tendency to ask multiple questions when called upon.
People on social media were quick to pick up on Spicer’s fashion mistake:
uh oh. is he signaling us? pic.twitter.com/Ba6kLHnnQ7
— Mдтт Иegяiи (@MattNegrin) March 10, 2017
Sean Spicer's flag pin is upside down. pic.twitter.com/mYr1xJHHeg
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) March 10, 2017
Spicer's flag pin appears to be upside down. traditional SOS signal…
— Erik Wasson (@elwasson) March 10, 2017
I think we're all giving #Spicer too much credit for the upside down flag thing. He has no conscience or morals.
— Mark Derbyshire (@DrMark37) March 10, 2017
Sean spicer is so bad that he can't even put the flag pin on right.
— Nate Langston (@NateLangston93) March 10, 2017
— Yashar (@yashar) March 10, 2017
UPSIDE DOWN FLAG PIN! SPICER IS COMPROMISED! INITIATE OPERATION SPICER EVAC!!! pic.twitter.com/7Ujd4sb4eR
— Rex Huppke (@RexHuppke) 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's USA flag pin is upside down. A silent scream for help? pic.twitter.com/A9UJdA1rzx
— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) March 10, 2017
Is Spicer's upside down flag lapel pin a distress signal? Blink twice if you need help, Sean. pic.twitter.com/hORrfBD94n
— ????Maggie Serota ???? (@maggieserota) March 10, 2017
— jacob (@jacobjanssen) March 10, 2017
Spicer wears US flag pin upside down.
Reporter asks if he is in distress?
Spicer says he feels fine.
You CANNOT make this sh*t UP!!
— mj (@MJqqq) March 10, 2017
Wearing your flag pin upside-down? Is there something we need to know Mr Spicer? Are you in danger? Blink once for yes, twice for no.
— David Ahrens (@David_K_Ahrens) March 10, 2017