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Three cheers for the real hero of the presidential debate: Ken Bone

Reuters/ Shannon Stapleton
Don’t look at Hillary Clinton, look at Ken Bone.
  • Olivia Goldhill
By Olivia Goldhill

Science reporter

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In an ugly night of lies, interruptions, and pointed attacks, America found its hero in the audience of the second presidential debate.

Ken Bone asked an important question about energy policy. “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?” he asked of the two presidential candidates.

However, it was not his question, but rather his dashing mustache, bright red sweater, and striking name, Ken Bone, that saw him quickly trending on Twitter. One hour after the debate ended, there were 56,400 tweets about Ken Bone, compared to 21,500 about Justice Scalia.

In a miserable night for US political discourse, at least there was a ray of light from Ken Bone’s bright red sweater.

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