Super Tuesday is well underway with victories pouring in from all sides of the race. Ted Cruz won big in Oklahoma, Alaska, and his home state of Texas, and his campaign celebrated at a Texas venue called the Redneck Country Club. Yes, really. And even though his supporters came out to celebrate his wins, it appears that his American flag pin is trying hard to call for help. Cruz now holds 69 total delegates after Super Tuesday polls — so far — but he remains far behind Republican frontrunner and businessman Donald Trump, who currently holds 221 delegates. Of course, Cruz realizes the real threat that Trump poses to the Republican nomination and the presidential election — as does his American flag pin.
Cruz addressed his Texas supporters on Tuesday night with a victory speech where he stated, "Tonight this campaign begins a new phase. We began with 17 Republicans. Through the first four states, the race narrowed considerably. Tonight was another decision, and the voters have spoken. Tomorrow morning we have a choice. So long as the field remains divided, Donald Trump's path to the nomination remains more likely. And that would be a disaster for Republicans, for Conservatives, and for the nation." (Don't forget about the Democrats, the Independents, and the Radicals!)
Here's Cruz's pin calling for help:
It remains unclear whether the American flag pin is seeking assistance in distancing itself from Ted Cruz, or from the entire Republican party as they stand today. It turned down Bustle's request for comment. But as Jon Bois has pointed out in his above tweet, it appears that the flag pin is trying to work its way into a “signal of distress” position. When the American flag is displayed upside down, it means the country is in distress, but the U.S. would need to be in a dire situation of immediate concern for the flag to ever appear in this position. And it looks like Cruz's pin is trying to lead us there.
Perhaps the flag pin hopes to inform the American people that Donald Trump's winning streak in the Super Tuesday primaries is no longer just a bad joke. Or maybe it wants us all to be aware that nominating the alleged Zodiac Killer as the Republican nominee would be unwise — of course Ted Cruz is not actually the Zodiac Killer, but that didn't stop 38 percent of Florida voters from believing so. (And I also can't stop laughing.) Maybe Cruz's pin wants us all to know that the GOP could pose a threat to national security.
We may never know.