During the 2020 Vice Presidential debate, it wasn’t just the back and forth between Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris that caught Twitter’s eye. Many on social media were also drawn to Mike Pence’s eye.
A number of Twitter users took to the platform to share their observation that the Vice President’s right eye appeared bloodshot at times during the debate. Given President Trump’s recent COVID-19 diagnosis, one user expressed concerns that Mike Pence might also have contracted the virus. Similarly, a number of users wondered if pink eye is a sign of coronavirus.
Moreover, one Twitter user compared the appearance of Mike Pence’s eye to that of the fake Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Terminator films.
A handful of celebrities also weighed in on the issue. Public figures such as actress Taraji P. Henson, former ESPN broadcaster Jemele Hill, and others tweeted about the Vice President’s eye.
Vice Presidential Debate 2020: COVID-19 Discussions
Towards the beginning of the broadcast, the debate covered the COVID-19 pandemic in addition to how each side would handle the situation going forward. Sen. Kamala Harris accused VP Pence of failing to disclose information about the severity of the coronavirus.
One particularly poignant moment in the debate was when moderator Susan Page directly asked Sen. Harris about taking a COVID-19 vaccine.
“If the public health professionals, if Dr. Fauci, if the doctors tell us we should take it, I’ll be the first in line to take it, absolutely,” Harris said. “But if Donald Trump tells us we should take it, I’m not taking it.”
VP Pence then responded by discussing a possible COVID-19 vaccine, and how he feels that the Biden campaign is undermining public confidence in a vaccine.
“The fact that you continue to undermine public confidence in a vaccine, if a vaccine emerges during the Trump administration, I think is unconscionable, and Senator, I just ask you to stop playing politics with peoples’ lives,” Pence said. “The reality is that we will have a vaccine, we believe, before the end of this year, and it will have capacity to save countless American lives and your continuous undermining of confidence in a vaccine is just unacceptable.”