On the day of President Barack Obama’s second-term inauguration celebration, the head of the Mon Valley Republican party hung a U.S. flag upside down as a symbolic gesture.
The flag was reportedly hung outside the party’s headquarters in McKeesport, Pa. and it quickly caught the attention of local media and residents. WPXI talked to several people who saw the flag and “a lot of them” said the signal of distress was inappropriate.
The man who hung the flag upside down told WPXI that he doesn’t regret the display because “our nation is in a terrible place.” Two additional flags, one on the building’s door and another on the wall, also appeared to be flipped upside down.
Utterly disappointed with the direction of the United States, the GOP official said he felt he needed to send a clear message. He apparently removed the flags at sundown.
The chair of the Mon Valley Republican Committee is identified on the group’s website. However, WPXI does not identify the GOP official in its official story.