During the year's first and only Vice Presidential Debate, there were a lot of controversial moments. But now experts have weighed in on exactly who they think triumphed...
The debate was packed full of memorable moments.The Democratic challenger has become somewhat of a meme today after her hilariously relatable reaction to Pence mansplaining her.
It was an explosive evening, to say the least.Last night, 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...A 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.
Many were worried about Pence's exposure to the virus, considering the President was infected just a few days ago.
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...
As should all future debates planned for this year.
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.Susan 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.In the 90-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...Referring 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...In 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.He 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...
Racism in America being one of them. Harris slammed Trump's track record with racism, and reminded viewers that "we are talking about an election in twenty-seven-days where last week, the President of the United States, in front of 70 million Americans, refused to condemn white supremacists."
"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.
When discussing the highly-publicized murder of Breonna Taylor, Pence stated that he "trusts our justice system", and blamed the grand jury for the injustice surrounding the case.
"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.
At one part of the debate, Pence had a fly on his head for around 5 minutes, and viewers were transfixed.
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...There was Harris' golden moments.
Firstly, viewers relished the California senate politely but firmly put Pence back in his place.
"Mr. Vice President, I'm talking," she shot at Pence as he attempted to speak over her, in a somewhat more civilized reaction to "shut up, man."
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
But, in between the policy talk, many viewers had one big takeaway:Harris's facial reactions when Pence repeatedly interrupted her were nothing short of iconic.
Every time Pence adopted one of Trump's favorite tactics by interrupting or talk over his component...
Harris would pull the same face each time, and people are living for it.
We're gonna have @KamalaHarris reaction gifs for dayyyyyyys and it's gonna be great— Joe Rospars (@Joe Rospars)1602119562.0
I hope somebody at @GIPHY is busy getting us @KamalaHarris reaction gifs #VPDebate— Tre'vell Anderson (@Tre'vell Anderson)1602119524.0
We need a gif of @KamalaHarris’ reaction to Mike Pence saying they put the health of the American people first STAT. #VPDebate— brittany packnett cunningham. (@brittany packnett cunningham.)1602119478.0
CAN’T WAIT FOR THE GIFS OF @KamalaHarris’ REACTIONS— Morgan Hopkins (@Morgan Hopkins)1602119502.0
Kamala Harris' facial reactions are the best kind of Christian persecution. #VPDebate— Hemant Mehta (@Hemant Mehta)1602120008.0
I want 4 years of #KamalaHarris on-point facial reactions #keepitreal #VPDebate— Tina (@Tina)1602119526.0
We need a camera for only Kamala Harris reaction shots— Kozza (@Kozza)1602119497.0
Here's a snippet of her in action.
The glare, the hair tuck... Everything about this is perfect.
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...
And everyone of them was as scathingly iconic as the last.
tonight’s debate in four perfect Kamala Harris reaction shots https://t.co/grcCbQJicU— Kay Taylor Rea (@Kay Taylor Rea)1602124018.0
Twitter users are calling for this image to be the universal response to mansplaining...
And we are all here for it.
Can we make this a universal meme for responding to mansplaining https://t.co/JkrVVIZSht— Kelsey (@Kelsey)1602123163.0
And it seems it's already becoming just that.
Kamala Harris - thank you for providing us the most relatable reaction of all time.
When you have to listen to mansplaining #VPDebate https://t.co/8knHowx489— Loni Love (@Loni Love)1602121699.0