White House press secretary Sean Spicer showed up to his Friday press briefing wearing an upside-down American flag pin on his lapel.
The White House press corps, with whom Spicer has locked horns, immediately brought it to his attention.
"Your pin's upside-down," Fox News's John Roberts said.
"John Roberts, always helping with the fashion tips," Spicer quipped.
"It's still upside-down," another reporter said.
"'House of Cards'?" someone else asked.
"There's no promo," Spicer assured the reporters.
Your loyalty has not gone unnoticed. https://t.co/ba1kz1yvXF
— House of Cards (@HouseofCards) March 10, 2017
Well it ain't the first time Trump & Co. have been guilty of plagiarism... pic.twitter.com/VygkmCXeku
— Beau Willimon (@BeauWillimon) March 10, 2017
Sean Spicer's flag pin was just upside down.
Spicer fixed the pin, thanked the media and moved on.
But that did not seem to be enough for the Internet, which did its thing, wondering whether it was a faux pas or a real cry for help.
"Is Spicer's upside down flag lapel pin a distress signal?" one person wrote on Twitter. (Actually, many people wrote some version of that.) "Blink twice if you need help, Sean."
*Sees Sean Spicer wore his flag pin upside down during a press conference*
*Grabs popcorn, runs to Twitter*
— Alex Lasker (@StateOf_ALaska) March 10, 2017
Indeed, according to the U.S. Code, "the flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property."
Spicer's USA flag pin is upside down. A silent scream for help? pic.twitter.com/A9UJdA1rzx
— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) March 10, 2017
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
Putting a preemptive moratorium on any "Sean Spicer Flag Pin" think pieces.
— DJ Judd (@juddzeez) March 10, 2017
EXCLUSIVE! MUST CREDIT BREITBART! SPICER'S UPSIDE-DOWN FLAG PIN IS SECRET RESISTANCE SIGNAL TO SLEEPER CELLS IN GOVERNMENT pic.twitter.com/NPZNkJ6u4Y
— Gary Legum (@GaryLegum) March 10, 2017
i fixed ur flag pin for u sean pic.twitter.com/Y9iCnYNKny
— darth™ (@darth) March 10, 2017