Joe Biden fly swatter inspired by insect on Mike Pence’s head sells out

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This story is part of Elections 2020, PJDM’s coverage of the run-up to voting in November.

The fly swatter was a buzzy concept.


Throughout Wednesday evening’s debate between Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris, a now-famous fly landed on Pence’s hair and stayed there for 2 minutes, apparently unnoticed by the VP. 

Viewers noticed it, nonetheless, and so did the Biden-Harris marketing campaign. The marketing campaign acted uh, on the fly, by instantly placing a fly swatter up on the market on its official website. The $10 swatter bought 15,000 items in only a few hours, and is now bought out.

“A number of buzz about our fly swatter, we have already bought 15,000,” tweeted Zach McNamara, deputy director of direct advertising for the Democratic Nationwide Committee, on Wednesday evening. 

Joe Biden’s marketing campaign didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark about what number of swatters have been bought in complete, however as of Thursday morning, the swatter was listed as “bought out” on the Biden retailer website.

The blue fly swatter has the phrases, “Fact Over Flies” and “Biden Harris” printed on it. A purchase order is taken into account a donation to the Biden Victory Fund.

After Pence’s run-in with the fly at Wednesday evening’s debate in Salt Lake Metropolis, Biden’s official Twitter account instantly posted a photograph of Biden holding a swatter, and the phrases, “Pitch in $5 to assist this marketing campaign fly.” 

The swatters went on sale shortly afterward. “Oh yeah, we did that,” McNamara tweeted.

Not everybody authorized of the swatters. Folks for the Moral Therapy of Animals said on its site that it was sending the Biden marketing campaign a “humane bug catcher,” a tool that captures bugs alive to allow them to be safely put exterior.

Wednesday’s occasion was the one vice presidential debate scheduled. Two extra presidential debates are scheduled for Oct. 15 and Oct. 22, however President Donald Trump said Thursday that he wouldn’t take part in a digital debate.

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Gael Fashingbauer Cooper