Deep in the heart of Netroots Nation, Ken Bone was greeting conference-goers at a booth.
Bone, a viral sensation from the second presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, was at the annual progressive gathering as part of his gig with DonorDex, an app that connects political candidates with donors, helping campaigns "build a giant contact list of politically like minded people," according to Bone. As the app's spokesman, he wants to help cut special interests out of politics.
Though he's remained politically engaged since finding fame in his red sweater, Bone told the Washington Examiner he doesn't "even want to speculate on the next presidential race."
"In Canada they have a presidential campaign season that lasts like 80 days and they're angry that it takes 80 whole days," he explained. "Here, the presidential campaign started on Nov. 10. After the last election we gave it like a day to cool off and we started over again -- it's sick and it just makes us all hate each other and snipe at each other all the time."
Bone considers himself a libertarian but respects Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., because "he means what he says."
"It's weird," the 59-year-old sweater icon said, "because Bernie and Trump are almost similar in that respect."
"If you were a big Trump supporter and now you're not, it's because you weren't paying attention, because he's doing exactly what he said he's going to do. So it's almost your own fault if you loved him and now you don't," Bone observed.
"Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump weren't political candidates," said the internet star, "they were sports teams."
"I think we've let politics turn into too much like TMZ where people vote for personalities instead of positions," Bone added.
Emily Jashinsky is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.