If one measure of success is reputation on social media, the vice-presidential debate was a no-contest.
Despite the candidates’ finest efforts, nothing they stated resonated with folks on-line fairly just like the wanderings of 1 unsuspecting insect.
For roughly two minutes, a fly landed on Vice-President Mike Pence’s head and have become an prompt web movie star.
The phrase “the fly” has been tweeted and retweeted greater than 700,000 occasions because it appeared throughout the debate.
The Joe Biden marketing campaign has taken full benefit of this, registering the area “flywillvote.com”, whereas an image of the candidate holding a fly swatter has been preferred greater than 500,000 occasions on the time of writing.
Former senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway called for the fly to be given a mail-in ballot, whereas Republican Senator Rand Paul joked it was proof of spying as “the deep state planted a bug” on Mr Pence.
And the Merriam-Webster dictionary announced the word “fly” was trending on its website.
Myriad social media accounts have been created by folks searching for to get in on the act, with one selecting up greater than 10,000 followers on Twitter.
Meanwhile, one individual has drawn parallels to the final time a fly appeared throughout a presidential debate – 4 years in the past, when it landed on the top of then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
There is not any suggestion that this is identical fly.
But it was not all jokes, as conservative commentator Ben Shapiro instructed the fly was a way to distract from what happened during the debate.
For a extra critical take a look at who received the talk, you can read Anthony Zurcher’s analysis here.