A common housefly became the star attraction of the US Vice Presidential debate after it managed to land on Vice President Mike Pence's cropped white hair for several minutes during his war-of-words with Democratic contender Kamala Harris. The US will go to polls on 3 November.
According to a report in The Indian Express, even though Pence seemed woefully unaware of the fly's presence as he took notes and answered queries thrown at him by the moderator, the fly, who had perched itself on his head for a little of a two-minutes led to a number of funny reactions on social media.
According to the report, the televised event showed Harris looking at Pence while the fly basked in the glory, but it is unsure if she actually saw it.
The damage had, however, been done.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary announced the word "fly" was trending on its website.
📈 Trending on our site for quite possibly the first time:
" Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) October 8, 2020
Former Vice President and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden tweeted an image of himself with a fly swatter in his hand. He captioned the image, "Pitch in $5 to help this campaign fly."
" Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) October 8, 2020
If Biden were to win the election, he would become the oldest president in the US history at 77. The incumbent US President Donald Trump is 74.
Senator Rand Paul went on to write, "The deep state planted a bug on @VP. The illegal spying is really out of control."
Here's how others reacted:
Love a reoccurring character. pic.twitter.com/aejroSTi6C
" Joel Kim Booster (@ihatejoelkim) October 8, 2020
Occupying the White House requires situational awareness.
Obama vs. fly
Never forget... pic.twitter.com/1emRAcH8Gm
" Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) October 8, 2020
" Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) October 8, 2020