If you’ve been on Facebook, Twitter, your office lunchroom, or even watching the Presidential debates in the last few days, you’ve no doubt heard of Ken Bone.
For those of you that might have been under a rock or tuned out any news coverage (who can blame you), the mustachioed tomato-red-sweater-clad man earned Internet stardom by simple asking a question at a presidential debate.
Why did this simple debate question earn fame for Ken Bone? No one really knows. It just did. Strangely enough, that’s sometimes just how the internet works.
Regardless, Ken Bone’s flash to fame earned him late-night show appearances, a fashion break-down of his sweater from Time Magazine, and a corporate endorsement from Uber.
Oh, and of course, calls for him to run a write-in campaign for president (though he’s only 34).
Make no mistake about it, #KenBone will receive write-in votes for President next month.— Drew Watts (@WattsStrength) October 14, 2016
I asked Ken Bone what he thinks about people writing him in for president. "I look old because I'm fat & bald, but...I'm only 34."— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) October 10, 2016
But, like most Internet fads, Ken Bone’s celebrity fell almost as quickly as it rose. The reason for Bone’s demise? Agreeing with a Florida jury about the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman fiasco of 2012.
According to a Gizmodo investigative report of - wait for it - Ken Bone’s Reddit account, it was revealed that Ken Bone is actually a human being and may not be the “savior of sanity” that the left wants him to be.
Here’s what he said:
“It doesn’t have to be one or the other view here. From what I read about the case, the shooting of Trayvon Marin was justified…. Bad guy legally kills kid in self-defense. Sucks for everyone, including us, due to media f***ery.”
Needless to say, the left went nuts.
In an AMA Ken Bone spoke of bare backing his wife & said the Travon Martin killing was justified. Guess he's not an undecided voter anymore!— Stephanie Mickus (@smickable) October 14, 2016
Liberals: Ken Bone is our hero!— Josh Earnst (@NotJoshEarnest) October 14, 2016
Ken Bone: I love Uber and Trayvon's death was justified
Liberals: Racist capitalist swine!
Wait. A St. Louis man considering voting for Trump turned out to be kind of weird, pervy, and racist? COLOR ME SHOCKED. #KenBone— Evan Rook (@erook) October 14, 2016
Now, to be fair, Ken Bone is also getting smeared for comments he made on various pornographic posts he made on the same Reddit account, but that's not the point.
As conservatives, we’ve seen this before. As soon as a popular figure says something that violates the media’s liberal narrative, they’re thrown under the bus faster than you can say “Ruth Bader Ginsburg."
I said yesterday that the Internet was going to create and destroy Ken Bone within the week. Awful.— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) October 14, 2016
Ken Bone is learning how disposable the left views people once they've served their purpose.— Derek Hunter (@derekahunter) October 14, 2016
Ken Bone was leaning Hillary after the debate but don't worry by the time the media is finished with him he'll be a Trump voter.— Ross Douthat (@DouthatNYT) October 14, 2016
Why Univision-owned Gizmodo would spend time rifling through the old Reddit comments of Ken Bone is beyond me, but that’s what they did.
there is a somewhat important election coming and media organizations have assigned reporters to look at ken bone's old reddit comments— Logan Dobson (@LoganDobson) October 14, 2016
To be fair, there’s no evidence that Ken Bone was ever a conservative at all. When he was selected to participate in the second presidential debate, he was part of a group of 40 undecided voters. In his interviews since the debate, he still claims to be “undecided," and isn’t shy in talking about his criticisms of both candidates.
Despite that, Bone’s entire story is like déjà vu to conservatives who have time and time again seen sports starts, celebrities and media figures get smeared for disagreeing with the Left. This one leaves all of us wondering: How far will the liberal media go in assasinating thought that might defy their narrative?