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Man flies flag upside-down to protest election outcome

Published: Wednesday, November 07, 2012 @ 11:01 PM
Updated: Wednesday, November 07, 2012 @ 11:01 PM

A Mitt Romney supporter has chosen a unique way to express his dissatisfaction with the election results, and neighbors are taking notice.

News Center 7 received calls Wednesday night from residents in Beavercreek who were not happy about their neighbor flying the U.S. flag upside-down.

One caller said it might not be illegal, but it’s offensive to the people in the neighborhood.

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Despite what his neighbors think, Ray Lewis said flying the flag upside-down is an international symbol of distress and he felt compelled to do it as a form of “peaceful protest” following the re-election of President Barack Obama.

“I feel that my country is still in a dire situation and it’s my way of silently protesting that we’re still in trouble,” Lewis told News Center 7’s Kate Bartley. “I was a Romney supporter … I’m not sure what’s going to happen next, but we’re still in dire straits.”

Lewis’ upside-down flag is not the only one stirring controversy a day after Election Day.

A McDonald’s in Follansbee, W.Va., temporarily flew its flag flying upside-down early Wednesday. The flag was taken down later and the franchise owner told local media it was a mistake made in the dark and was not meant as a political statement.

Lewis said he got the idea from a movie he saw years ago.

“Just a few more days until I can regain my sanity and we’ll straighten it back up,” he said. “We’re Americans first. But today it’s like, ‘God help us.’ ”