The man who stole the show

The story behind the Red Sweater star of the second Presidential debate

Kenny Bone is a 34-year old operator at a coal plant in Illinois. He is an undecided voter who decided to make an appearance at the second Presidential debate not knowing he would become social media famous.

During the 90 minute live broadcast, Ken Bone asked the candidates, “What steps will your energy policy take to meet our energy needs while at the same time remaining environmentally friendly and minimizing job layoffs?”

Not only did his question bring him attention, but his bright red sweater brought  him even more attention from everyone across the nation judging by comments on social media.

After becoming well-known, all the ladies are flocking to him
Robert Cohen
After becoming well-known, all the ladies are flocking to him

Little did we know, Ken Bone wasn’t always planning on wearing the bright red sweater. The story behind Kenneth Bone and sweater was a lot more interesting than we all expected.

““I had a really nice olive suit, and my mother would have been very proud to see me wearing on television, but apparently I have gained about 30 pounds. And when I went to get in my car the morning of the debate I split the seat of my pants all the way open. So the red sweater is plan B. I’m glad it worked out.” he said.

Later he came out and admitted his wife was behind the fashion choice of the sweater.  The only other guy I could see pull off a look like that is Louie Lastik in Remember the Titans. These two are practically twins.

I asked a few people who watched the debate about their thoughts on the big man. Many believe he is bigger than Cam Hoinke; now that is hard to do. Ross Hambleton said that Ken Bone not only dresses well but he has a great last name.

Then I met up with Collin Scheiner, and man he had nothing but good things to say about Bone.

“I think that dude is a clown. I respect his grind, and his resilience to get out and talk politics regardless of his wardrobe,” Scheiner said.

Ken Bone becoming a centerpiece of social medias memes Sunday night.
Ken Bone became a centerpiece of social medias memes Sunday night.

“Not many men would make an appearance to the debate when you have to make a last minute decision on what you are going to wear and say the day of,” said Hambleton.

Ken Bone’s shining moment all began with this debate.

“I went from last night having seven Twitter followers, two of which were my grandmother, because she had to remake her account when she forgot her password,” Bone said. “Now I have several hundred.”

Bone was all over social media the night after the debate and still is. Not only was he talked about, but now he has become the center of many memes posted.

Personally, I think Ken Bone stole the debate, and especially after Hillary and Trump sounded like a bunch of grade schoolers arguing back and forth the whole night. Not often do you hear a guy getting famous so quick, and being known as the man who “ripped his pants”.