Vice President Mike Pence did not notice the fly that went viral after landing on his head during last week’s Vice Presidential debate against Senator Kamala Harris, California, he told the Daily Briefing on Monday.
The insect made its cameo for more than half the debate and hung in Pence’s silver hair for about two minutes.
“I didn’t know he was there,” Pence told host Dana Perino, adding that he had learned of the mistake from his children.
“I love my children. I received a law school diploma, which I will get married next year. “I have a Navy woman who is a published author and an amazing girl,” Pence said. “My daughter actually helped me prepare for the debate, and the Marine̵
“Everyone told me, ‘Dad, you’re fine,’ but they told me about the fly,” the vice president added. “It was a good laugh for all of us.”
The appearance of the fly did not go unnoticed on social media, as a Twitter user wrote: “The Chinese have obviously planted a bug on Pence!”
Political figures also joined Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky, tweeting, “The Deep State has bugged @VP. Illegal espionage is really out of control.”
The Fly even became the centerpiece of Saturday Night Live’s sketch, which played out as a strange parody of the 1986 film The Fly.
In the sketch, Democratic nominee Joe Biden (played by Jim Carrey) tries to teleport to the vice president’s debate to help Harris. As in the movie, Biden arrives as a fly after an insect enters the machine.
In addition to turning Biden’s Carrie into a fly, the sketch parodies the film even more, making him act as the film’s star Jeff Goldblum.
FLY ON THE HEAD OF THE PENSE DURING THE HR TALK, GOES VIRUS
Shortly afterwards, a second fly, played by Kenan Thompson, landed on top of Pence’s head, claiming to be the late Herman Kane, who died at the age of 74 in July after being hospitalized for the coronavirus.
The sketch ended with Harris, played by Maya Rudolph, pretending to hit the two flies on Pence’s head.
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Biden also referred to the fly, tweet, “Make $ 5 to help this campaign fly,” along with the “flywillvote.com” link, which redirected to iwillvote.com.
“The Truth Over Flies Swatter” was also sold for $ 10 on Biden’s campaign website in the newcomer section.
David Aaro and Tyler McCarthy of Fox News contributed to this report.