President Trump’s handling of the land was the elephant in the room during Wednesday’s vice-presidential debate, but it was a fly that took a brief flight break and could not be ignored by the onlookers watching the event from home.
Vice President Mike Pence, whose hair was perfectly coiffed, never responded to the appearance of the bow tie on the right side of his head. It protruded from his gleaming white hair, stood still for the most part, but moved slightly before flying away.
A local California television news reporter measured the fly screen time on Mr. Pence̵
While Mr. Pence spent most of the 90-minute debate avoiding direct questions from USA Today presenter Susan Page, the fly raised a number of questions of its own.
Who will play the fly on Saturday Night Live? (Pete Davidson seems like a good choice.) Can the fly catch the coronavirus that has infected so many high-ranking Trump administration officials? Did the fly break the minutes of the debate by not wearing a mask?
On social media, the fly became the biggest star of a “normal debate,” as CNN’s Jake Tapper put it.
Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. tweeted a photo of himself with a fly swatter.