The one highlight of this entire crazy election season might be Ken Bone, an audience member clad in a blazing red cable knit sweater that stole the show during the second presidential town hall debate on Sunday night. Bone asked a question about energy policy and seemed a little miffed that the candidates brushed his concerns aside to bicker amongst themselves. But the affable undecided voter found a place in viewers' hearts nonetheless — and for proof of that look no further than Ken Bone's red sweater, which has sold out online, making him the bonafide trendsetter for fall 2016 fashion.
Since the town hall debate turned into what was basically a slap-fight between Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton (without actual slaps, of course), Bone's "average Joe" demeanor was a welcome distraction. As was his sweater, a red Izod pullover, the kind that you might just grab quickly from a department store in a pinch before the holidays so you have something to give your uncle.
As it turns out, the sweater had major appeal. Within 24 hours, it was sold out on Amazon in most sizes. You can still get a 4-5XL on Amazon and it's reportedly still available at Kohl's, according to MarketWatch. But the normcore-ish look is really catching on. There's already a "Sexy Ken Bone" costume you can copy for Halloween this year (though that, too, has sold out online). The obsession with Bone's sweater is proof that the actual discourse has gotten so out of hand that American voters are looking for something — anything — to cling to that makes sense. And a red cable-knit pullover has more staying power than anything else, it seems.
Bone's been enjoying his 15 minutes of fame since the debate and he's a pretty good sport. But he's serious about the issues, too. He told Jimmy Kimmel,
I try to really base all of my decisions on positive things. Donald Trump, maybe, is more in line with my economic interests because I work in coal, electricity, but I would really hate for anyone's rights to be taken back. We fought so hard for marriage equality and rights expanded to more Americans, and it would be unconscionable for me to see those rights taken away by a Supreme Court justice appointed by Donald Trump.
On the flip side of things, Bone was recently offered $100,000 to star in an X-rated broadcast to bring his new fans into the "Bone Zone." If you thought Donald Trump and Billy Bush giggling in the back of a bus about allegedly grabbing women's genitals was weird, offering a a town hall participant a chance at $100,000 to go to the "Bone Zone" is a whole different ballgame.
Then again, a bunch of retailers made a buck or two this week off of the cable-knit classic. And isn't that what America's all about? (Thank you, Ken Bone.)