2016 Debate Star Ken Bone Challenges Trump's State of the Union "Coal" Remarks
Bone sent out a skeptical tweet about Trump's "clean, beautiful coal" statement Tuesday night.
When President Donald Trump said that his administration had "ended the war on clean coal" in Tuesday night's State of the Union address, internet sensation Ken Bone wasn't having it.
Bone, who was once a coal power plant operator in an Illinois town, tweeted, "I work in the coal industry. Very little has changed," among other skeptical remarks about the address.
Bone became an internet sensation in 2016, when he asked a question about Hillary Clinton and Trump's energy plans during the second presidential debate. Seen wearing a bright red sweater and a mustache, he became an internet meme within seconds. Later, he snapped a picture of the debate with a disposable camera.
In the weeks following, he was approached by agents, did interviews with CNN's Anderson Cooper and Comedy Central's Chris Hardwick and made a guest appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Bone said of his many media appearances, "I have been having a great time, but I don't know that I have the chops to make a career of it. Broadcast is a very difficult industry and that would be a big risk for my family. So I am just going to stay the course. I am going back to work at my power plant tomorrow evening."
Bone has been less omnipresent in the media after he used his Reddit handle for an AMA, and a Gizmodo reporter reported that the same handle had commented on erotic photos and called Trayvon Martin's killing "justified."