The insect landed on the vice president's head during the latter half of Wednesday's debate and remained there for almost two minutes, setting off a flurry of memes, jokes, and other reactions across social media.
When you talk about accepting the outcome of the election, I must tell you, senator, your party has spent the last three and a half years trying to overturn the results of the last election. When all was said and done, that particular debate was boring enough that the biggest topic of conversation was the giant black fly that seemed to relish landing against the ideal backdrop of Pence's white hair. "My daughter actually helped me with debate prep and my Marine Corps son and his wife were there as well".
"And how calm were you when even that tube was gone and you looked at your old tee shirts and a pair of scissors and thought, 'Are we doing this?'" she added.
The fly's appearance did not go unnoticed on social media, with one Twitter user writing, "The Chinese have clearly planted a bug on Pence!" "The illegal spying is really out of control".
In the sketch, Democratic nominee Joe Biden (played by Jim Carrey) attempts to teleport to the vice presidential debate to help Harris. However, as in the movie, Biden arrives in fly form after an insect finds its way into the machine.
Later in the sketch, a second fly landed on the vice president's head and Kenan Thompson appeared as a reincarnated Herman Cain, the former Republican presidential candidate who died in July, a month after being diagnosed with coronavirus. His website also features $10 fly swatters that read, "Truth over flies", although they were sold out as of Monday evening.