National Bobblehead Hall of Fame Debuts Limited ‘Mike Pence Fly’ Edition to Commemorate Bizarre Debate Moment

The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame introduced a Mike Pence Fly doll on Thursday to immortalize the moment during the 2020 Vice Presidential Debate when a fly landed and lounged on the vice president’s head.

The insect remained atop Pence’s silvery skull for two minutes and instantly became an internet sensation, if for no other reason than its presence and departure happened to align with the time allotted for Pence to answer a question.

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“The bobblehead commemorates the viral moment from the 2020 Vice Presidential Debate between Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris which was held in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Wednesday, October 7th, 2020,” the Bobblehead Hall of Fame states on its website. “The fly spent a little over two minutes on Vice President Pence’s hair during the debate setting the internet abuzz.”


Each limited edition knickknack features the beseeming bug on Pence’s head, a faux-plexiglass pane like the one used in the debate, a mini fly swatter, and its own unique production number, embodying a symbolic masterpiece in trolling.

But there are those who are less keen on joking about what has been a dumpster fire of a year.

Steve Schmidt, a Republican commentator, former adviser to President George W. Bush, John McCain’s 2008 campaign manager, and founding member of the never-Trump Lincoln Project expressed apprehension about making light of what would normally be silly television bloopers, because of the dark undertones that define the 2020 election cycle.

“I don’t think it’s ever a good sign when a fly lands on your head for two minutes,” Schmidt quipped during a post-debate discussion on MSNBC.

“You know that’s a sign all through the history of sin, and historically, biblically,” Schmidt continued. “You know a fly, he who commands the fly, has always been seen historically as the mark of the devil.”

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