Sean Spicer Wore His Flag Pin Upside Down and the Internet Freaked Out

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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer inadvertently wore an American flag pin upside down during a press briefing Friday — and the internet had a field day.

Several people pointed out that the pin resembled a logo for House of Cards — including the show’s executive producer, Dana Brunetti.

“His check is in the mail,” Brunetti tweeted.

Others pondered the meaning of an upside-down American flag as a symbol of distress. According to the United States flag 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.”

Eventually, presidential aide Omarosa Manigault handed Spicer a note, prompting him to fix the pin.

House of Cards promo,” someone in the press briefing joked.

“There’s no promo,” Spicer said. “Now onto your questions.”

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