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Was fly sending message when it landed on Hillary Clinton's face?

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The fly that landed on Hillary Clinton's face during the debate 00:57

It looked like a scene straight out of “Westworld,” but it was the second presidential debate of the 2016 election. 

Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton was mid-sentence when a black fly landed on her forehead, square between the eyes. Clinton, for her part, continued with what she was saying, seemingly unfazed by the unexpected visitor. However, the insect’s sudden appearance got us thinking.


In Native American culture, every animal is believed to have a totem. So, when an animal (or insect, in this case) appears at a time or in a place that it normally wouldn’t, that means it’s delivering a unique message to the person whose path it crossed.

According to, “The lesson of fly is in the value of carrying your emotions, thoughts and feelings in order to act quickly in sometimes unfavorable or uncomfortable conditions.”

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Why is that relevant to Hillary Clinton? 

Well, just moments before the start of the debate, her opponent, Donald Trump, took to Facebook Live with three women who have accused her husband, former President Bill Clinton, of sexual assault. That would likely be a humiliating experience for any woman, but Hillary Clinton had to steady her emotions and take the debate stage with a composed demeanor immediately afterward.

So, was the fly’s appearance simply a coincidence? Or was it nature’s way of delivering a message to the Democratic nominee? We may never know, but one thing is for certain: That fly created one of the “buzzier” moments of second debate.

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