Joe Biden trolls Mike Pence after huge fly lands on his head at VP debate as Twitter buzzes with memes
JOE Biden has led the trolling of Mike Pence after a fly landed on his head and sat their two minutes during the Vice Presidential debate with Kamala Harris.
Biden tweeted out a picture of himself holding a flyswatter as social media exploded with memes mocking Pence.
The Democrats presidential hopeful has also started selling Biden-branded fly swatters as his campaign drums up funds ahead of the election on November 3.
Biden wrote: "Pitch in $5 to help his campaign fly."
Others mocked Pence's bloodshot left eye, with some pointing out it looked like he had pinkeye.
Some called for him to get a coronavirus test amid the outbreak sweeping the White House as conjunctivitis can be a symptom of the virus.
The Vice President was accosted by the fly about an hour into the debate.
It sat on his head for around two minutes as he answered questions about racial injustice in the US, including the killing of Breonna Taylor.
The fly stuck out like a sore thumb as the black shape sat nestled in Pence's silver hair, unmoving even as the VP moved his head as he spoke.
Hundreds of Twitter accounts have now sprung up dedicated to the fly, with various names such as "PenceFly" and "Fly on Pence's Head".
Social media is also awash with memes and jokes about the cheeky insect which has derailed the discussion about the debate.
CNN anchor Jake Tapper tweeted a gif of a fly cleaning itself and wrote "coming up after the break, a CNN exclusive".
Former Fox News and NBC host Megyn Kelly wrote: "The fly is free and now getting a COVID test."
Legendary horror author Stephen King added: "THE LORD OF THE FLIES, starring Mike Pence! Coming soon to a streaming platform near you."
He added: "The fly knows."
Slate magazine even ran a "first person piece" which was "written" by the fly as it came out backing Donald Trump.
"The fly" said: "I knew there was only one ticket I could trust to protect me and the 150 or so eggs I laid in the vice president’s hair.
"Today I am thrilled to wholeheartedly endorse Donald J. Trump for president."
Others photoshopped "Make America Great Again" caps onto the little fly, while some had it carrying a "Biden Harris" sign.
And the video resurfaced of former President Barack Obama swatting a fly and proudly proclaiming "I got the sucker".
Others joked that Saturday Night Live will be on the phone to Jeff Goldbum – star of 1986 horror movie The Fly – to play the insect in an upcoming sketch.
Memes also played on pop punk band The Offspring's hit Pretty Fly (For A White Guy) – dubbing the Pence incident instead "Pretty Fly On A White Guy".
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died last month, also made an appearence as one user photoshopped her as The Queen of Thorns from Game of Thrones.
"I sent the fly. Tell Pence. I want him to know it was me," the meme said, resurfacing the character's famous final line.
Merriam-Webster dictionary also tweeted the word "fly" was trending on its website for the first time.
Some also joked conspiracy theorists would think the fly was a spy for Biden, following Trump's claims that his rival was part of a "treasonous plot" against him.
Senator Rand Paul even tweeted: "The deep state planted a bug on @VP. The illegal spying is really out of control."
And others morbidly joked that the fly may now be dead after potentially contracting coronavirus, which has so far infected 7.7milluion Americans and killed 216,784.
Back in 2016, Hillary Clinton was branded as a “robot” after neglecting to swat a fly from her face after it landed on her during a US Presidential Debate.
Viewers were left baffled by her seeming inability to notice the insect during the showdown with Trump on live television.
Within minutes of its television appearance at the debate at Washington University, the fly also had its own Twitter account.
Tweeting under the account name @FliesForHillary, the account wrote: "Showing my support for Hillary! I can't believe I'm on TV!"
Harris and Pence’s head-to-head came after Trump and Biden squared off last week in the first -and ill-tempered – presidential debate.
While there is not the same intense scrutiny on vice-presidential debates, both candidates performances will be picked over as they could potentially become president in event Trump of Biden die or become incapacitated in office.
The pair sparred 12 feet apart between plexiglass barriers amid increased safety over coronavirus fears.
Harris, a 55-year-old lawyer, was revealed as Biden's pick on August 11 after initially running against him in a bid to become Democratic candidate and is the first black woman to run for vice-president.
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