Mike Pence proudly declared he was pro-life during Wednesday night's debate, and it seems people have a lot to say about it.
More specifically, his comments didn't go down well with Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez...
via: Getty ImagesAOC took to Twitter to swiftly shut Pence down - pushing back his claims.
Now, the Vice Presidential Debate was an explosive evening, to say the least.
via: GettyOn Wednesday night, Kamala Harris went head-to-head with Trump’s Vice-president, Mike Pence, in the year's first and only vice presidential debate.
The pair debated twelve feet apart, with Plexiglass shields separating them...
via: GettyA health and safety precaution requested by the Biden-Harris campaign, the Associated Press reported.
However, concerns regarding the distance between the podiums were still rife throughout the night.
This is INSANE!! Move the damn podiums MUCH further apart! There’s no reason in the world to have @KamalaHarris sta… https://t.co/I7t1tEMl9b— Jon Cooper 🇺🇸 (@Jon Cooper 🇺🇸)1602073541.0
And many even believed that thanks to the virus, the whole debate should have been virtual...
What are they thinking. The #VicePresidentialDebate should ABSOLUTELY NOT be in person. They SHOULD & CAN successf… https://t.co/LrzPXmV9db— #RestoreTheVRA (@#RestoreTheVRA)1601760303.0
Despite these concerns, however, the debate went ahead.
via: GettySusan Page, the Washington bureau chief of USA Today, moderated the event, which was dominated heavily by the coronavirus crisis, the very thing that hospitalized the President just days ago.
The virus became the main talking point of the event.
via: GettyIn the ninety-minute live debate at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Harris accused Pence and the president of deliberately misleading Americans about the lethality of coronavirus. "They knew, and they covered it up."
However, Pence shot back by accusing the Biden-Harris campaign of copying the White House's pandemic strategy...
via: GettyReferring to a blunder that ended Biden's 1987 run for the presidency when he plagiarized a speech.
Page then quizzed Harris on whether she would be taking any government-approved vaccine in the run-up to the election...
via: GettyIn which Harris responded by stating firmly that she "would not take a jab touted by Mr. Trump without the say-so of medical professionals."
Of course, this didn't sit well with Pence, who heads the White House coronavirus task force.
via: GettyHe retorted: "The fact that you continue to undermine public confidence in a vaccine if the vaccine emerges during the Trump administration I think is unconscionable."
Putting the pandemic to one side, a whole array of other topics were brushed upon throughout the evening...
"We are talking about an election in 27 days where last week, the President of the United States, in front of 70 mi… https://t.co/cJFrqbyOSp— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar)1602123683.0
However, Pence doesn't think our country has any racism issues.
"I trust our justice system, a grand jury that refused the evidence" -- Pence says he thinks justice was done in th… https://t.co/t62x4dvRNJ— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar)1602123447.0
And, of course, there were some more lighthearted moments, too.
Pence has had a fly on his head for about 5 minutes https://t.co/BGrgePazDG— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar)1602123533.0
And, of course...
via: GettyThere were Harris' golden moments.
Firstly, viewers relished when the Californian senate politely - but firmly - put Pence back in his place.
Kamala Harris takes a more polite approach to being interrupted compared to Joe Biden's exclamation for Trump to 's… https://t.co/2eRhbgXdjs— Sky News (@Sky News)1602132673.0
And, in between the policy talk, many viewers had one big takeaway:
via: GettyHarris' facial reactions when Pence repeatedly interrupted her were nothing short of iconic.
Here's a snippet of her in action.
Kamala Harris adjusting her hair/tucking her hair behind her ear while listening to a corpse talk during the… https://t.co/096DKPxbDl— all reaction videos (@all reaction videos)1602122451.0
She pulled many faces throughout the evening...
tonight’s debate in four perfect Kamala Harris reaction shots https://t.co/grcCbQJicU— Kay Taylor Rea (@Kay Taylor Rea)1602124018.0
Another of the topics that came up during the debate was women's reproductive rights.
via: Getty ImagesAnd Pence made his stance on the matter crystal clear.
Pence declared he was proud of being a "pro-life" candidate.
via: Getty Images"I couldn't be more proud to serve as vice president to a president who stands without apology for the sanctity of human life. I'm pro-life. I don't apologize for it."
But it seems he wasn't too keen on talking about abortion...
Mike Pence: "I couldn't be more proud to serve as vice president to a president who stands without apology for the… https://t.co/8yU3KcuNoS— CBS News (@CBS News)1602123077.0
Of course, this is a hugely polarizing issue.
@CBSNews I don’t care that he’s pro life I just don’t like the fact that he doesn’t understand what it means to be… https://t.co/2fD91arR2z— PatriciaBrooks (@PatriciaBrooks)1602123395.0
And no other than AOC spoke out.
via: Getty ImagesShe took to Twitter to push back against the idea that Pence is truly "pro-life."
It's safe to say...
via: Getty ImagesShe really didn't hold back.
Here's what she had to say:
Just to be clear: there is nothing “pro-life” about denying people comprehensive sexual education, making birth con… https://t.co/bt2R6fyLei— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)1602130469.0