Vice President Mike Pence made conservatives proud on Wednesday night with his stunning performance at the vice presidential debate.
Just The News’ Sophie Mann reported Thursday that while liberals gushed on social media over Democratic running mate Kamala Harris’ attitude, many others were turned off by what they considered the Democrat senator’s unpleasant personality as Pence impressed viewers with a strong showing.
While Harris slammed the Trump administration over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic — calling it the “greatest failure” in presidential history, according to The Hill — Pence spent much of his time pressing Harris on her far-left record.
On social media, Pence received praise for his calm and polite manner throughout, as well as his skillful questioning of his opponent, Mann reported Thursday. Both candidates dodged questions, but Harris memorably declined to say whether she would pack the Supreme Court and struggled to disavow support for a ban on fracking and the Green New Deal.
“Your party is actually openly advocating adding seats to the Supreme Court, which has had nine seats for 150 years, if you don’t get your way,” Pence said of Harris on Wednesday, according to Fox News.
Quips and smirks
The debate was overall much quieter than the previous week’s chaotic brawl between President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden, but there were some memorable rejoinders. While discussing Trump’s trade policies with China, Pence quipped, “Look, lost the trade war with China? Joe Biden never fought it.”
As for Harris, her sharp reactions to Pence drew rapturous praise from the liberal base, which turned her frequent smirking and interjections for Pence to stop interrupting into an internet meme, as The Hill reported. But her performance made others wince with disgust.
“Don’t smirk. Don’t shake your head. Don’t smile mockingly. Wait,” Megyn Kelly said, according to the Just The News report. Mark Hemingway meanwhile opined: “Surely in debate prep someone must have told Harris to rein in the facial expressions?”
“Mansplaining” claims raise eyebrows
Many viewers were also captivated when a fly landed on Pence’s head and lingered there, Mann noted Thursday. Much of the post-debate commentary fixated on the fly, as well as the so-called “mansplaining” that took place.
The night over, many pundits claimed that Pence had been patronizing to Harris, but some saw these complaints as an admission of defeat for the Democrat.
“Pulling out the ‘mansplaining’ card. Harris must have performed worse than expected,” the Daily Caller’s Mary Margaret Olohan said, according to Fox.
Ever the gentleman, Pence was characteristically humble as he gave his take the next day. “There’s no question who won the debate: President Donald Trump won the debate, hands down,” he said in Nevada, according to the Associated Press.