The internet’s hilarious take on Susan Page’s debate bracelet

If the first presidential head-to-head was a “hot mess inside a dumpster fire,” vice presidential debate moderator Susan Page was not taking any chances with October 7. The veteran journalist seemed determined not to have the barrage of rotten Twitter tomatoes flung at her that her colleague, presidential debate moderator Chris Wallace did. Uncompromising, she opened the vice presidential debate. She warned Senator Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence that she would not hesitate to “enforce ground rules;” she admonished the candidates that the United States “deserves a discussion that is civil,” and she insisted that “we can and will have a respectful exchange.” 

Page is no stranger to politician-speak. USA Today’s Washington Bureau Chief is a heavyweight when it comes to keeping discussions sternly and professionally, on track. But if there’s anything that September’s presidential debate (i.e unintelligible yelling match) taught us, it’s that sometimes the biggest messages aren’t verbal. (Take Ivanka Trump’s debate day get-up, for example, or as The Washington Post pointed out, the entire Trump team’s refusal to wear face masks.) And while Page’s wardrobe choice was mostly demure, there is one accessory that the Twitterverse latched onto. Her plastic, neon green bracelet.

Twitter's theories about Susan Page's neon green bracelet

The debate’s social media followers have two big theories when it comes to Susan Page’s snap-on bracelet. The first? Perhaps Page needed a cocktail or two before working up the nerve to moderate. Or maybe she was planning on needing some afterward. “Based on her green bracelet, clearly Susan Page is still hungover from last night’s pub crawl and she is NOT having Pence’s s***…” mused one observer. “Does Susan Page have a drink bracelet?” asked another.  Or perhaps, posited a third, perhaps Page’s bracelet was a secret ticket to post-debate underground rave. We wouldn’t blame her if an open bar was in her post-debate plans. 

The second theory floating around the Twitterverse hits a bit closer to home. It goes to the tune of: “Is Susan Page preemptively wearing a green hospital ID bracelet because she’s resigned to catching the Rona from Pence?” Pence, of course, was also Twitter fodder on debate night: Not for his oratory capabilities, but for his shiny, red, left eye. It must be COVID, social media sounded the alarm bells.

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