Biden Campaign's Branded Fly Swatters Already Sold Out After Harris-Pence Debate

If you're looking to purchase a Joe Biden-branded fly swatter, you might have to wait. After a pesky fly landed on Mike Pence's hair last night during the vice presidential debate between him and Senator Kamala Harris, Biden's camp acted quick to create blue fly swatters—and supporters moved just as quickly to purchase them.

For $10, you too could have been the lucky owner of a blue fly swatter that reads "Truth Over Flies" on the handle, with the Biden-Harris 2020 logo towards the end of it. The purchase would act as a donation to the Biden Victory Fund, and the package would ship in 14 days, the Biden Store website noted. Alas, the swatters are all sold out at the moment.

Swats away flies and lies. Get yours today:

— Team Joe (Text JOE to 30330) (@TeamJoe) October 8, 2020

The buzzy items just became available last night, so people clearly didn't waste any time moving on the merch. When they will be available again remains unclear. Newsweek reached out to the Team Joe Store for comment and clarification, but did not hear back at the time of publication.

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Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden lays out his economic policy plan to help rebuild the middle class during a campaign stop at the Scranton Cultural Center on October 23, 2019 in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Getty/Rick Loomis

Biden's Twitter account also shared a picture of the former vice president holding a fly swatter, asking for people to donate $5 to "help this campaign fly." His campaign also registered the domain, which helps people make sure they are set to vote for the November 3 election.

Pitch in $5 to help this campaign fly.

— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) October 8, 2020

The fly landing on Pence's hair during the debate was one of the most notable moments of the evening. (Take that to mean whatever you will.) CBS reported that the bug rested on him for nearly two minutes.

Many took to Twitter and reacted to the bug stealing the spotlight. "THE LORD OF THE FLIES, starring Mike Pence!" Stephen King tweeted. "Coming soon to a streaming platform near you!"

THE LORD OF THE FLIES, starring Mike Pence! Coming soon to a streaming platform near you.

— Stephen King (@StephenKing) October 8, 2020

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi wrote that the election is "fly-ing by," and encouraged her followers to make a plan to vote.

The election is fly-ing by. Make sure to make a plan to vote. #VPDebate2020

— Nancy Pelosi (@TeamPelosi) October 8, 2020

"Not Pence's fault, but that fly is becoming the story of the evening," one user wrote. "Will the fly be available for the next debate?" another pondered.

Not Pence’s fault, but that fly is becoming the story of the evening

— Harry Litman (@harrylitman) October 8, 2020

Will the fly be available for the next debate?

— Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) October 8, 2020

i had to sleep on it. but the fact that A FLY was a main takeaway from the debate is disappointing to say the least.

— Lexie Brown (@lexiekiah_4) October 8, 2020

Actually he finished third to Kamala and the fly.

— Pete Souza (@PeteSouza) October 8, 2020

Several parody Twitter accounts were also created for the fly, and trolled Vice President Pence. One post joked that they were getting a test for the coronavirus after sitting on Pence's head. Another asked its followers who won the debate: Harris, Pence or the fly?

brb getting a covid test

— Mike Pence's Fly 🏳️‍🌈 (@MikePenceFly___) October 8, 2020

This morning, like half the GOP, @VP and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!

— Pence's Fly (@MichaelsFly) October 8, 2020

Who won last night?

— Most Famous Fly (@MikePenceFly) October 8, 2020

This isn't the first time that Biden's campaign team sold memorabilia based on viral debate moments. During the first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Biden, Biden asked Trump, "Will you shut up, man?" after he was interrupted several times. "This is so unpresidential," he added. Biden's campaign sprung into action to create a t-shirt with Trump superimposed on it, along with Biden's combative phrase. The shirts are no longer available on the Biden store website.

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