Twitter buzzes over a fly in Pence's hair, speculates about his left eye

A fly rests on the head of Vice President Mike Pence during the debate against Senator Kamala Harris. (Eric Baradat / AFP)
During the Vice Presidential Debate on Wednesday, many Twitter users were not fixated on the arguments - but on a fly that landed on Mike Pence's head.
It quickly gained celebrity status. At the end of the night it had its own Twitter account with 50,000 followers.
The first fixation of Twitter users, however, was on Pence's left eye. The eye was red from the moment he sat behind a plexiglass barrier.
It sparked some on Twitter to wonder if it was "COVID eye" - better known as conjunctivitis or "pink eye".
Some Twitter users were quick to point out that Pence was among the more than 100 people who attended the Supreme Court nomination announcement for Judge Amy Coney Barrett in the Rose Garden of the White House nearly two weeks ago.
"Isn't pink eye a covid symptom?" asked one person. At least in rare cases, yes.
It's unclear what was really going on with Pence's eye. His team did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
But it was the fly that turned out to be the biggest star of the debate. It seemed to be in Pence's hair for a while - 2 minutes and 3 seconds to be precise, according to one reporter, Ian Cull - until it finally flew away.
"He had a bloody eye and a fly on his head," Anderson Cooper said on CNN.
After the debate, a $ 10 Truth Over Flies Fly Swatter appeared in the Joe Biden Store.
This story originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.

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