Undecided voter Ken Bone was the breakout star of the second presidential debate Sunday in St. Louis, Missouri, thanks to his gentle demeanor and inviting red sweater. Butfor some Americans, Bone is looking a little less adorable after a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" session Thursday.
Bone, 34, an Illinois voter who asked Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump a question about energy policy Sunday, told users on Reddit that he thought the 2012 shooting of Trayvon Martin by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman in Florida was "justified," a comment that is sure to ruffle the feathers of many on the internet who helped make the lovable-looking coal plant operator a viral sensation.
"From what I've read about the case, the shooting of Trayvon Martin was justified," Bone told Reddit users in a response to a question about the incident.
Bone did go on to qualify his statement, saying he does not believe Zimmerman to be an upstanding citizen.
"From what I've learned about Zimmerman through his statements, interviews and behavior, he is a real s--- bird," Bone added. "Bad guy legally kills kid in self-defense. Sucks for everybody, including us due to the media f---ery."
Martin, 17, was killed by Zimmerman on Feb. 26, 2016, while walking home from a convenience store. Zimmerman, who was never convicted, fatally shot Martin in the chest after calling police and following the teen around his neighborhood. He claimed that the unarmed teenager looked suspicious and posed a threat. The tragic shooting made national headlines and is credited with sparking the Black Lives Matter social justice movement. Many on the left still view the shooting as unjustified and racially-charged, so Bone's commentary could poke a hole in the internet fame he has attained largely to his adorable, affable appearance.
Bone's AMA led to a few other not-safe-for-work revelations about the internet's newest star. Since he used an old Reddit account for the Q&A session, users were able to dig up past comments he had left on other message boards where he referred to pregnant women as "beautiful human submarines," discussed the forging of car insurance documents, talked about his sex life since getting a vasectomy and his perspective on the 2014 leak of nude photos of actress Jennifer Lawrence.
Bone has been enjoying an awful lot of attention since Sunday, when the sweater-clad voter endeared himself to debate viewers on the internet during his question to Clinton and Trump.
"What steps will your energy policy take to meet our energy needs while at the same time remaining environmentally friendly and minimizing job loss for fossil power plant workers?" Bone asked of the candidates.
Inspired by Bone's charisma, internet viewers turned the man into a living meme, making him both an internet and television sensation. He has been seen on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and several TV news programs in recent days. Each time he turns up on national television, he wears the red sweater.