Ex-George Bush staffer Steve Schmidt says fly on Mike Pence during debate was ‘a mark of the DEVIL’

EX-George Bush staffer Steve Schmidt said a fly that landed on Mike Pence during debate and stuck around for several minutes was "a mark of the DEVIL."

Schmidt's comment came in an interview with MSNBC’s Ari Melber after Pence went head-to-head with Kamala Harris in the Wednesday night debate.

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“I don’t think it’s ever a good sign when a fly lands on your head for two minutes,” Schmidt told MSNBC.

“You know that’s a sign all through the history of sin, and historically, biblically.”

He added: “You know a fly, he who commands the fly, has always been seen historically as the mark of the devil."

When Melber said the fly "could have landed on anyone" and asked Schmidt if he was joking, the Lincoln Project founder mentioned "karma."

"It landed on Mike Pence, and it says something,” Schmidt claimed.

“Something karmic about the status of the campaign," he added.


Schmidt, along with other former Bush staffer John Weaver, Republican lawyer George Conway and Republican consultant Rick Wilson, launched a super-PAC in December to see Trump does not get re-elected.

The group announced they would support whatever candidate necessary – "even if that means Democratic control of the Senate and an expanded Democratic majority in the House" – in an op-ed for The New York Times.

Viewers of the debate were shocked when a fly landed on Pence's head for more than two minutes during the debate.

The internet exploded with trolls making memes and jokes of the bug atop Pence's head.


Several celebrities even jumped on board amid criticism of Pence, making jokes about the fly.

Joe Biden's campaign quickly capitalized on the moment.

Biden himself tweeted a picture holding a fly swatter.

"Pitch in $5 to help this campaign fly," Biden tweeted.

His campaign also started selling branded fly swatters.

Right-wing commentator Candace Owens, meanwhile, was less than pleased – and slammed "lost" Democrats for mocking Pence over the moment.

"I don't who needs to hear this but…if your “gotcha” tweet of the night was dedicated to a fly on Mike Pence’s head, it’s because your team lost— Badly," Owens Tweeted.

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