The latest viral craze has nothing to do with either vice presidential candidate’s debate answers – and everything to do with the fly atop Mike Pence.
During the only vice presidential debate for the 2020 election – questions were dodged. Heads were shaken. Interruptions were made, and plexiglass stood tall. While Senator Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence managed a more tolerable debate than their respective Presidential candidates – neither one stole the show.
That honor belongs to The Fly.
If you’ve been on the internet in the last 18 hours, you know that a fly spent nearly two minutes atop Mike Pence during his debate with Harris. The happening is spawning countless viral memes – and Joe Biden’s campaign is seizing the opportunity.
Mike Pence Insulted by fly swatters: Truth over Flies
Within moments of “flygate”, Joe Biden’s campaign was selling blue fly swatters. Their slogan? Truth over flies.
As of this morning, the fly swatters are completely sold out. According to CBS News and the Biden campaign, nearly 35,000 swatters sold following their unveiling.
In fact, Biden’s campaign is in full-on troll mode. First tweeting a photo of Biden himself with a fly swatter, their tweet read “Pitch in $5 to help this campaign fly.” And that wasn’t the end of it.
To top it all off, Biden’s campaign site then began offering the blue souvenirs. Each “Truth over flies” swatter sold for $10 at their store – and some are celebrating the “unbelievable” response:
Biden’s campaign “came together on the fly”
The former vice president‘s campaign manager, Zach McNamara, tells CBS News:
“We saw the internet and our supporters sharing a viral moment online, so our digital team came together on the fly to show that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will always choose truth over lies, science over fiction, and unity over division.
Whether it’s a t-shirt, yard sign, or fly swatter, our store of made-in-America merch always reflects these values and brings people together during energized moments like the debates,”Zach McNamara
How did this all start? Pence and opposing VP nominee Senator Kamala Harris were deep into their debate when a black speck made its way onto his stark white hair. It stayed for two minutes – an eternity in internet meme time – then flew away as silently as its arrival.
However, this is not the first time the Biden campaign team capitalized on a debate. The team unveiled a t-shirt following the first presidential debate. Shortly after the conclusion of the debate, the shirts were released with the tagline, “Will you shut up, man?”
In the 2020 presidential election – nothing is off the table, it seems. Not even spamming your rival political party with a sold-out fly swatter.
[H/T CBS News]