Fly evades coronavirus shields, lands on Pence’s head, steals debate spotlight
WASHINGTON - A nation that needed a laugh at least giggled a little when a fly escaped the plexiglass partitions that separated Vice President Mike Pence from Senator Kamala Harris of California during the Vice President Debate Wednesday night in Salt Lake City, Utah. The fly then took a turn amid speech of Congressional aid packages and court approvals.
The insect settled on the Vice President's cropped silver mane 1 hour and 13 minutes after the debate began when Pence answered a question about racial justice. It took about a long minute and then flew away.
It is not known where the fly came from and it is not known where the fly went. Judging by social media, a lot of people were glad it came up.
Given the location, the bar for collective enjoyment is relatively low. An insect will.
The fly was arriving as Pence reiterated his and President Trump's firm support for law enforcement officers. The fly received more attention than the response, which made it clear that Trump and Pence are opposed to reforms, such as a chokehold ban, sought after by advocates of racial justice. Harris and the man who would be its commander in chief, former Vice President Joe Biden, support such reforms.
When USA Today presenter Susan Page returned to Pence, the fly was gone. The Vice President then defended some of Trump's more inflammatory statements about race.
Vice President Mike Pence listens to Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris with a bow tie on her head during the Vice Presidential Debate on October 7th in Salt Lake City. (Photo image: Yahoo News; photos: Patrick Semansky / AP)
Within minutes, the fly had been put into action by the Biden campaign, with a tweet in which Biden was sitting at a folding table, holding a fly swatter and looking a little mischievously at the ceiling. "Throw in $ 5 to get this campaign off the ground," read the caption. The corresponding link opened a fundraising page.
Trump watched from the White House after returning there after a weekend stay at Walter Reed National Medical Center after treatment for COVID-19. He's been tweeting vigorously since returning home. But at the time of writing, he hasn't yet tweeted about the fly.
Presumably no president, who once refused to hire John Bolton for his mustache, probably liked it. The fly wasn't a sign of vulnerability, of course, but it was a surprise that landed right on the Vice President's skull - and stayed for quite a while. It's fair to say that most Americans are fed up with surprises, big and small. Especially cross-illness surprises.
Strange as the fly was, it was nothing compared to the time the tone fell in 1976 in a presidential debate between Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter and President Gerald Ford. An estimated 90 million people watched for the next 27 minutes without knowing what was going on as the two candidates debated on a stage in Philadelphia.
The fly could not be reached for comment.
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