The buzz around the fly that landed on Mike Pence's head during Wednesday night's vice presidential debate led to the Biden-Harris campaign selling – and then selling out of – "Truth Over Flies" fly swatters.
Nearly 35,000 of the fly swatters were sold after the debate, the Biden campaign confirmed. The campaign's online store listed the swatters as sold out Thursday.
"We saw the internet and our supporters sharing a viral moment online, so our digital team came together on the fly to show that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will always choose truth over lies, science over fiction, and unity over division," Zach McNamara, the Biden campaign's merchandise director, said in a statement.
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The $10 fly swatter went up for sale quickly after the debate. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's Twitter account also tweeted a photo of the former VP with a fly swatter and wrote "Pitch in $5 to help this campaign fly."
"Whether it's a t-shirt, yard sign, or fly swatter, our store of made-in-America, union-sourced merch always reflects these values and brings people together during energized moments like the debates," McNamara said.
Actress Kerry Washington tweeted she purchased a fly swatter early Thursday morning and Twitter user @taradublinrocks tweeted said "Everybody on @TeamJoe deserves a raise after tonight’s epic trolling fundraising bonanza #VPDebates2020 #flywillvote #flygate."
Shirts, mugs, face masks with Kamala Harris' “I’m speaking” comment also quickly were for sale by Etsy sellers.
While the campaign's fly swatters sold out, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, also known as PETA, made an offer to the campaign and sent one of its humane bug catchers to Biden.
"Just as PETA sent humane bug catchers to candidate Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama after their televised insect encounters, we're sending one fresh from the PETA Mall to Joe Biden in the hope that his team will market these cruelty-free contraptions to kindhearted Americans, rather than taking their frustrations out on insects," PETA President Ingrid Newkirk said in a statement and also tweeted.
PETA told USA TODAY that the bug catcher "helps people safely transport uninvited six- and-eight-legged houseguests back outside" and is the No. 1 seller on the PETA Mall.
Mike Pence Fly Bobblehead with fly and fly swatter for sale
The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum announced Thursday the pre-sale of a Mike Pence Fly bobblehead, which is expected to ship in early 2021.
The bobbleheads are available through the Milwaukee, Wisconsin museum’s online store for $25 each plus shipping.
The bobblehead features Pence dressed as he was Wednesday night with a fly on his head and comes with a plexiglass-like barrier and includes a removable mini fly swatter
"Social media has been abuzz with talk of the fly at last night’s debate, and when we received several requests for a bobblehead with Pence and the fly, we knew we had to get to work,” co-founder and CEO Phil Sklar said in a news release.
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