In the days following the debate between vice presidential candidates Kamala Harris and Mike Pence on October 7, you've likely noticed that much of the public conversation surrounding it has involved strangely peripheral parts of it.
If you've spent enough time on Twitter, you doubtless saw a barrage of memes and other posts about the fly that landed on Mike Pence's head. And when people weren't talking about the fly, they were arguing over whether Harris' facial expressions throughout the debate were "relatable" or "unlikable."
And while that may have to do with the fact that most of both candidates' statements wouldn't come off as terribly new revelations for those following the Trump and Biden campaigns, it could also have to do with the relatively civil nature of the debate.
It was this fairly standard atmosphere that makes President Donald Trump's remarks in response to it so puzzling. And to some critics, "puzzling" is far too light of a term to describe them.