An unplanned star in the US Vice Presidential candidates’ debate has been a fly that has settled on Republican Mike Pence’s head for about two minutes. It did not disrupt the course of the duel in any way and Pence did not even bend for it, but the presence of the six-legged insect resonated strongly on social networks and was quickly used by the campaign of the Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
An unplanned star in the US Vice Presidential candidates’ debate has been a fly that has settled on Republican Mike Pence’s head for about two minutes. | Video: Reuters
“It’s not on your TV. It’s on his head,” she wrote during a debate on Twitter with a link to MSNBC reporter Rachel Maddow. Shortly afterwards, a wave of satirical and derisive comments broke out on social networks. One of the users even created a fly of his own account on Twitter, which is critical of the Republican Vice President.
At the same time, the media, election crews and Internet users did not resist the opportunities and used various puns and ambiguities in their statements. According to the AP agency, the fly added a proper buzz to the otherwise relatively calm debate, and Democrat Biden’s Twitter flash appeared on his a photo with a fly swatter in hand with the message “Throw in five dollars to help this campaign take off.”
Biden’s campaign also quickly registered Flywillvote.com (Mouchabudevolit.com), which links to the existing Iwillvote.com (Buduvolit.com) site, which aims to make it easier for voters to register for the November elections. Democrat supporters can already get a Democratic candidate online at the e-shop to buy a fly swatter with the words Truth over Flies (truth instead of flies), which is a variation of the saying Truth over Lies (truth instead of lies).
The AP recalls that this was not the first unexpected insect visitor at a major political event in the USA. During the presidential debate in 2016, a fly landed for a while between the eyes of the then Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. Like Pence, she didn’t rush after her.
However, President Barack Obama did not remain indifferent in 2009 upset fly while filming a TV interview. The democrat then stopped talking and leaned on the fly to “disappear from here”. Obama then slapped her and led the cameras to capture the dead fly lying on the carpet beneath him.