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Oh to be a fly on the wall — or within the hair — at Wednesday’s US vice presidential debate.
Mike Pence obtained an unwelcome customer throughout his showdown with Democrat Kamala Harris when a big fly perched on the vp’s white hair for 2 minutes, triggering an avalanche of on-line commentary.
Pence was discussing the somber problem of racial injustice and police reform when the winged interloper outmaneuvered the plexiglass obstacles put in to forestall the unfold of coronavirus and landed on the person who’s only a heartbeat away from the US presidency.
And there it stayed. For. Two. Agonizing. Minutes.
A cut up tv display confirmed Harris taking a look at Pence whereas the fly basked within the highlight, however it was not instantly clear if she noticed it.
Everybody else apparently did.
Social media, maybe in a collective lull provided that the night was much more civil than the chaotic opening conflict between President Donald Trump and challenger Joe Biden final week, instantly pronounced the fly the winner of the controversy.
“Okay, that is significantly necessary debate, however nobody is gonna bear in mind something however that fly,” tweeted a person named Sykersomatic.
“That fly was in Pence’s hair a very long time. It ought to quarantine,” former Missouri secretary of state Jason Kander added, seemingly alluding to the rampant unfold of the coronavirus by way of the White Home’s ranks.
Others prompt the critter examine into Walter Reed, the navy medical heart simply outdoors Washington the place Trump spend three nights receiving remedy for Covid-19.
As the net banter snowballed, a brand new Twitter account, @MikePenceFly___, rapidly racked up some 60,000 followers.
Even Biden himself received in on the motion, fundraising off the insect drama.
“Pitch in $5 to assist this marketing campaign fly,” the Democratic nominee tweeted.
And on cue, the Joe Biden marketing campaign retailer kicked into gear to supply a “Reality Over Flies Fly Swatter,” for $10.
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