Kenneth Bone’s red sweater stole the spotlight during the second presidential debate Sunday, despite the exchange of barbs between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
Sunday’s town hall debate gave undecided Missouri voters an opportunity to grab the mic and ask the two candidates specific questions, according to New York Magazine. Among those undecided voters was Kenneth Bone, whose vivacious red sweater along with his eager facial expressions and the enthusiasm in which he presented his question about energy sources, made him an Internet celebrity overnight.
According to Bone, he hadn’t planned on wearing the now famous red sweater, but had to make a decision after ripping his suit.
Bone spoke with St. Louis’ radio station 950 The Fan Monday morning and explained his outfit choice, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“The sweater was actually the backup plan,” Bone told the show’s hosts over the phone. “I had this really lovely olive suit that I was going to wear, and I split the seam of my pants as I was getting into my car to leave for the debate. So the sweater was plan B.”
When the hosts asked how he managed to split his pants, Bone had this to say: “I was just fat. Happy consequence of eating like an athlete and not training like one.”
Bone referred to the newfound fame as “bizarre,” saying that following the debate, he turned his phone on and checked his Facebook page, where he had over 400 new friend requests, The Hollywood Reporter noted.
“I went ahead and accepted them all,” he told the hosts. “It made me feel pretty good for a minute.”
Besides becoming an Internet sensation, another highlight of the debate night for Bone was when he was able to speak briefly with both Trump and Clinton after the debate.
Bone said he remains undecided on who he’ll vote for come November, but he plans to make a decision after the third and final debate, which is set for Oct. 19, The Hollywood Reporter noted.
Bone appeared on CNN Monday morning still rocking the vibrant sweater that has the Internet going crazy.
Many Twitter users reacted to Kenneth Bone's debate appearance.
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