Debate questioner Kenneth Bone becomes internet star

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, left, listens as Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks during the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016. Ken Bone can be seen in the red sweater. (Rick T. Wilking/Pool via AP)

ST. LOUIS (AP) — One clear winner from the second presidential debate is a questioner whose mild-mannered appearance has made him an unlikely online star.

Kenneth Bone asked on Sunday night GOP nominee Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton about energy policy and became an internet sensation almost instantly. A Facebook fan page celebrates the mustachioed Bone’s outfit of a red sweater and khakis. A parody Twitter account describes him as “the man of the people.” Many have edited pictures of the man and posted them on Twitter. One takes after the iconic “HOPE” poster from President Barack Obama’s 2008 run.

Bone seemed to relish his moment in the spotlight. TV cameras caught him getting a handshake from former President Bill Clinton after the forum and snapping a photo as he left the stage. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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