Throughout Wednesday nights vice-presidential debates, Donald Trump’s handling of the country was without a doubt the elephant in the room, however, it was a fly that landed on top of Mike Pence’s head and stayed there for more than two minutes that stole the show.
Mike Pence never responded to the fly landing on the right side of his head. The tiny fly stood out on Pence’s bright white hair. The fly stood still for a bit before it began moving around slightly before it decided to fly away.
A new reporter from California actually timed how long the fly remained on Pence’s head and reported the fly had stayed for two minutes and three seconds.
Pence spent most of Wednesday night’s 90-minute vice-presidential debates avoiding directly answering questions from event moderator Susan Page from USA Today.
The fly’s appearance on the debate has brought forth questions of its own…like who will play the fly on Saturday Night Live, did the fly break protocol for not wearing a mask, and will the fly now test positive for the coronavirus?
The fly became an instant celebrity on social media. CNN’s Jake Tapper stated that the fly became the biggest star of what came across as “a normal debate.”
Joe Biden. tweeted a photo of himself holding a fly swatter.
Team Joe later shared a post offering a Biden/Harris fly swatter that said “Don’t let this debate buzz off.” they captioned it “Swat away flies and lies get yours today.”
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Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, who is a vocal Trump ally, joked that “the deep state planted a bug” on Mike Pence.
The fly has yet to come forward and respond to his newfound stardom.
You can watch the fly’s moment of fame below.
Twitter certainly didn’t let the moment go quietly.
“Live look at the SNL writing room when the fly stopped on Pence’s head”
Live look at the SNL writing room when the fly stopped on Pence's head pic.twitter.com/5AEZGGhXe2— Peter Rosenberg (@Rosenbergradio) October 8, 2020
“So, a fun art history fact! Flies are used to represent rot, wasting away, decay, death, melancholia. A fly hovering over a church official or nobleman indicates disfavor with the king or corruption and dereliction of duty.”
So, a fun art history fact! Flies are used to represent rot, wasting away, decay, death, melancholia.— Jennifer Wright (@JenAshleyWright) October 8, 2020
A fly hovering over a church official or nobleman indicates disfavor with the king or corruption and dereliction of duty. pic.twitter.com/aLuiKFwWNI
“Pitch in $5 to help this campaign fly.”
Numerous Twitter page popped up quickly poking fun at the moment:
Halloween costume makers even capitalized on the opportunity. 3 Wishes website is selling a “Debate Fly Wig” for $49.95: