- The US presidential election would be held in November, just a month away
- After US President Donald Trump faced off with his rival Joe Biden who is the Democratic nominee, it was time for their running mates to debate on Wednesday, October 7
- While the stage featured plexiglass barriers to curb the spread of COVID-19, an unlikely intruder - a fly, stole the show after it landed on Vice President Mike Pence's head
The United States of America (USA) presidential elections will be held one month from now and candidates are selling their ideas with just a few weeks to go.
After US President Donald Trump faced off with his rival Joe Biden who is the Democratic nominee, it was time for their running mates to debate on Wednesday, October 7.
While the stage featured plexiglass barriers to curb the spread of COVID-19, an unlikely intruder - a fly, stole the show as Vice President Mike Pence and his counterpart Kamala Harris discussed various topics of interest.
The fly briefly buzzed around the stage before landing and staying on Mike Pence’s head and netizens were quick to notice it making the insect an internet sensation.
According to BBC News, the "highly unlikely candidate" was the most talked-about guest to take to the stage and had received more than 700,000 tweets and retweets since it appeared during the debate.
While Pence had spent most his time shaking his head during the debate with Harris, he appeared unfazed when the fly landed on his head.
The insect eventually left on its own after staying on the VP's head for about two minutes.
Reactions from across the world:
"That's not on your TV. It's on his head," MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow tweeted.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary announced the word "fly" was trending on its website.
Trending on our site for quite possibly the first time: 'fly'," it said.
A tweep with the username @Zekrom69 sarcastically the fly had chosen which side would lose in the election.
"The fly decides which party loses the election," he wrote.
Alyssan Milano claimed the debate was a "disaster" for Pence and the fly was used as a distraction.
"If we keep talking about the fly then we aren’t talking about Kamala’s brilliant debate performance. Don’t let the other side have the fly as a distraction.
Fly between Hillary Clinton's eyes
It was not the first time a fly took centre stage during a presidential debate.
In 2016, one briefly landed between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s eyes during a town hall-style debate with now-President Donald Trump and Clinton seemed unbothered by it.
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