A year after rocketing to virus-like fame during the second presidential controversy, Americaâs most famous undecided voter nevertheless wonât say who he identified for in the 2016 election.
âYou can ask all you want,â Ken Bone told Yahoo Information in a recent interview. âI promised I wouldnât tell anyone, so Iâm not going to.â
Thereâs just one person other than Bone who knows, this individual said: âThatâs my wife â and I donât think she cares anymore.â
Last October, Bone grew to become an instant internet sensation during a city hall forum in St . Louis, where he came dressed in a shiny red sweater and posed a good earnest question about balancing environment interests with U. S. power needs.
âA lot of my friends wanted me to just say something dumb like you would on a morning radio show,â Bone fragments recalled. âBut I wasnât going to throw the chance of a lifetime away for that.â
Instead, Boneâs appearance supplied a welcome respite from what have been a nasty debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
âIt quickly got uncomfortable,â Bone fragments said. âIt was like watching mom and dad fight over Thanksgiving dinner.â
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The strength plant employee from Belleville, Sick., was selected to participate in the city hall with fellow undecided voters after answering a Gallup telephone survey. Bone said he has been leaning toward voting for Trump.
âThey asked, âHow likely are you to change your mind, on a scale of one to 10?ââ he explained. âOne is, like, thereâs no way youâll change your mind â your candidate could murder a person on television and youâd still vote for them. And 10 was, itâs a total coin flip. And I said, like a two or a three. Like, Iâm probably not going to change my mind, but Iâm willing to hear what the other side has to say. And based on it being such a polarizing election, a two or a three was considered undecided.â
When Bone fragments arrived at Washington University for a walk-through on the morning of the debate, this individual was sequestered along with the rest of the city hall participants â? for 14 hours.
âWe didnât have any electronics, we werenât watching television â everybody just brought, like, a book to read or something,â Bone said. âOnce youâre seen, people start finding out who you are. So if they had let us go again, we almost certainly would have had some rep from a company or someone from a media outlet trying to get us to ask their question instead of ours.â
The sequestering intended that Bone was unaware of the particular infamous predebate press conference Trump held with Bill Clintonâs accusers, whom the Republican nominee delivered with him to the debate.
âThe first we heard of that was when he actually trotted them out into the crowd and mentioned them during his introduction,â Bone said. âThere was an audible gasp on the stage. Everybody up on the stage, whether they were leaning Trump or leaning Hillary, thought that that was just a tasteless move.â
During the particular debate, Trump appeared to lurk at the rear of Clinton as she moved throughout the stage.
âI donât know that he was trying to intimidate her or do anything weird,â Bone said. âIt just seems like thatâs how he was playing off his own discomfort or whatever â by pacing around. And heâd always end up somewhere kind of awkward, like way in the back staring at her.â
After it ended, Bone thanked Clinton, who remembered his name.
âSheâs like, âThanks very much, Mr. Bone,â this individual said.
Bone, a self-professed broadcast mass media ânerd,â was taking photos from the TV equipment on the set whenever he was interrupted by a various Clinton.
âI was taking my pictures, and I heard from behind me, âHey! Hey, you, energy guy! Come here!ââ Bone said. âI turn around, and itâs Bill Clinton, whoâs like, heâs pointing at me. âHey! Come here, talk to me for a minute.â So I walked over, and he tells me how he thought I asked a great question, and coal energy built this country, and weâre going to make sure folks like me donât get left behind when we have our green energy concerns coming through. Iâm like, âThatâs great, Mr. President, itâs really awesome to meet you.â And the whole time, his security guyâs tugging on his elbow, like, âMr. President, we gotta go.ââ
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Boneâs 15 a few minutes of fame, which included appearances upon national television shows, was short-lived. A couple of days after the debate, Reddit users found out he had made controversial comments online forums about the killing of Trayvon Martin and crude remarks regarding leaked nude photos of the celebrity Jennifer Lawrence.
Not that Bone fragments, who considers himself a libertarian, was looking to be 2016âs edition of âJoe the Plumber,â an undeclared voter from Ohio who made many campaign appearances with 2008 His party nominee John McCain after a directed question to then-Sen. Barack Obama at a town hall went virus-like.
âI refused to endorse anyone at any level,â Bone said. âAnd both campaigns respected that.â
Pressed once again to reveal who he identified for, Bone refused to nip.
âLike I said, I was leaning Trump right after the primaries,â he said. âSo I might have still voted for him, or I might have switched to vote for Hillary Clinton, or I might have voted for Gary Johnson. I will tell you I did not vote for Jill Stein.â
â? Bone fragments interview conducted by Yahoo Newsâ? Gabby Kaufman
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