Steve Schmidt Says Fly Landing on Pence’s Head May Mean He’s Conspiring With Satan
We all had good laughs at the bold fly crawling around at Mike Pence's sensible haircut during Wednesday night's debate - but did we actually see a demonic manifestation before our eyes?
Of course we weren't. But in an attempt to make a joke or not, veteran Republican and anti-Trump strategist Steve Schmidt said there was something occult about the scene.
Schmidt appeared on MSNBC's post-game show after Pence's debate against Sen. Kamala Harris and couldn't resist discussing the show's real star: the Vice President's little bug friend. He began innocently with the fair and indisputable statement: "I don't think it is ever a good sign for a fly to land on your head for two minutes."
But then it got a little more, well, fire and brimstone. Schmidt went on about the fly: "That's a sign of sin in all of history. Historically, biblically. Perhaps you wouldn't normally say that after ... It's only safe to say this after midnight. Sorry, a fly - whoever commands the fly has historically always been seen as a sign of the devil. "
Host Ari Melber gave a big laugh at this point. But Schmidt did not. Perhaps that is why the MSNBC journalist was led to ask his guest, “Steve, now, as a journalist, now I have to ask for the recording, are you kidding? Because the fly could have landed on anyone. "
"But it wasn't," replied Schmidt sharply. “It landed on Mike Pence and says something. Something karmic about the campaign's imploding status. Look, you have a Fox News poll that got Biden up 10 points. Rasmussen got Biden to 12. You are looking for 12 to 14 points. The numbers implode, the campaign scratches, it falls apart. "
Melber said he could confirm those polls as correct - but it is beyond the bounds of his job description as a newscaster to confirm whether a tiny insect that lands on Pence's snow-white hair proves once and for all that he is allied with the Dark Lord .
"In my role of fact-checking - what Steve Schmidt said about the numbers is true," said Melber confidently. "But what he said about the ultimate moral reckoning, whether the fly means evil or the devil or nosferatu is above my pay grade and I cannot confirm it."
Schmidt repeated: "Some people say historically about the fly." Then he finally smiled at the hint that he wasn't entirely serious.
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