'Does Pence have a bug on his head?' Austin confirms the star of the vice presidential debate was the fly
Wednesday's vice presidential debate brought the usual show to the screens of Americans across the nation, but what really stirred up social media was what appeared to be a fly on Vice President Mike Pence's head.
Hashtags with "Pence" and "the fly" took over Twitter, Americans astounded at the landing of a fly on the vice presidents head during the debate with Senator Kamala Harris. In Austin alone, more than 1 million tweets were about Pence with popular hashtags being #flygate and #FLY2020.
Local celebrities joined in on the fun, including former Longhorn and current sports analyst Emmanuel Acho, who like many, was confused if his eyes were clearly seeing a bug on the vice presidents's head.
Does Pence have a bug on his head? #VicePresidentialDebate2020 https://t.co/o84bV0uiTT— Emmanuel Acho (@Emmanuel Acho) 1602123525.0
Maaaan I thought I was tripping! Pence got a whole fly on his head. #VPDebate https://t.co/MaD1BzGQFN— Emmanuel Acho (@Emmanuel Acho) 1602123590.0
Lucky for anyone confused, the Twitterverse confirmed Acho's and others speculation that a fly had made a grand landing on the white hair of Pence.
Austin couple, tennis star Andy Roddick and model and actor Brooklyn Decker, also took to Twitter to discuss the star of the show—the fly. They both tweeted a series of tweets. Decker's first fly tweet made up of two words, "A FLY" and Roddick's a one worder, "#fly."
https://t.co/xNBjLFV1lv— andyroddick (@andyroddick) 1602123726.0
Omg... did the fly die..— Brooklyn Decker (@Brooklyn Decker) 1602123578.0
While not tweeting, actor Elijah Wood retweeted Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's tweet, "flywillvote.com" and another tweet with #thefly.
#thefly https://t.co/38fYxseOUT— SpectreVision (@SpectreVision) 1602137758.0
The debate was the first and last vice presidential debate for 2020, with the next presidential debate scheduled for a later date than the previously planned Oct. 15 date due to Trump not wanting to participate in a virtual debate after contracting COVID-19.
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By Patrick Svitek
Beto O'Rourke caused a dramatic scene on Wednesday when he angrily confronted Gov. Greg Abbott at his news conference about the Uvalde school shooting, yelling, "This is on you."
After Abbott was done giving his initial remarks, O'Rourke approached the stage and told Abbott he was "doing nothing" to combat gun violence. He said the Uvalde massacre, in which a gunman killed 19 children and two adults, was "totally predictable."
Some of the Republican officials onstage with Abbott quickly denounced O'Rourke, telling him to go away. Another man onstage used expletives to criticize O'Rourke for interrupting the event. O'Rourke was eventually escorted away amid the unruly scene.
“I can’t believe that you’re a sick son of a bitch that would come to a deal like this to make a political issue,” Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin told O'Rourke at one point.
Nineteen kids and two adults are dead after a shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas—a small town an hour and a half west of San Antonio—on Tuesday afternoon.
Gov. Greg Abbott said the suspect, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, is believed to have been killed by the police. The Uvalde Police Department said the shooting began at 11:43 a.m. Tuesday.
“What happened in Uvalde is a horrific tragedy that cannot be tolerated in the state of Texas,” Abbott said. “He shot and killed—horrifically, incomprehensibly.”
Texans are grieving for the victims of this senseless crime & for the community of Uvalde.
Cecilia & I mourn this horrific loss & urge all Texans to come together.
I've instructed @TxDPS & Texas Rangers to work with local law enforcement to fully investigate this crime. pic.twitter.com/Yjwi8tDT1v
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) May 24, 2022
According to University Health Hospital officials, a 66-year-old woman and 10-year-old girl arrived in critical condition. Uvalde Memorial Hospital reportedly received 13 children for treatment and two individuals who were already deceased. At the time, it was believed 14 had died in this shooting.
The shooter prompted a lockdown at the elementary school of just under 550 students, with San Antonio Police sending SWAT, and Eagle chopper and Crime Scene Investigators.
According to White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, President Joe Biden has been briefed on the tragedy and “His prayers are with the families impacted by this awful event, and he will speak this evening when he arrives back at the White House.”
At 21 deaths, it is the deadliest school shooting in Texas and one of the deadliest in the U.S. since 26 at Sandy Hook Elementary lost their lives. This is the U.S.'s 213th mass shooting of 2022.