Ken Bone

October 13, 2016

I’m American citizen, undecided voter, loving husband Ken Bone, Welcome to the Bone Zone! AMA

Hello Reddit,

I’m just a normal guy, who spends his free time with his hot wife and cat in St. Louis. I didn’t see any of this coming, it’s been a crazy week. I want to make something good come out of this moment, so I’m donating a portion of the proceeds from my Represent T-Shirt campaign to the St. Patrick Center raising money to fight homelessness in St. Louis.

I’m an open book doing this AMA at my desk at work and excited to answer America’s question.

Please support the campaign and the fight on homelessness!


Edit: signing off now, just like my whole experience so far this has been overwhelmingly positive! Special thanks to my Reddit brethren for sticking up for me when the few negative people attack. Let's just show that we're better than that by not answering hate with hate. Maybe do this again in a few weeks when the ride is over if you have questions about returning to normal.

My client will be answering no further questions.

NEW EDIT: This post is about to be locked, but questions are still coming in. I made a new AMA to keep this going. You can find it here!

What's your favorite type of pasta?

Fettuccine. Specifically with chicken, broccoli, and peppery Alfredo sauce.

How is it that you have the time to answer questions from a 5 month old AMA?

Answering questions only takes a few seconds.


You cannot possibly have been paying attention to anything I have said without hearing me say that I will never tell anyone who I voted for.

How are you doing these days? what is your opinion of the current political Climate?

I am so tired of all the political bickering on Capitol Hill. It's ridiculous having to watch the repeated cycle of the party in power threatening the "nuclear option" and the minority threatening to filibuster. You know what, go ahead and filibuster then. It's an unbelievably hard thing to do. When an issue come up vote on it for God's sake. Both parties stopping any business from getting done by hiding behind parliamentary procedure is disgusting.

Neil Gorsuch seems like a relatively moderate candidate to me. I don't understand why he is seen as so objectionable. I'm a bit surprised that Trump didn't put up a super right winger. Gorsuch almost seems like an attempt at compromise. If the Democrats throw it back in his face we're liable to get a hard core conservative pushed through by the Republicans in his place.

The rest of this response copied from 2 weeks ago.

Well, I take politics one issue at a time, and I'm not going to reiterate my positions all the issues in depth, so here's the short version: Wall: Dumb idea that wouldn't work anyway. Travel ban: Bad idea that accomplishes nothing except causing us to lose face abroad. New healthcare bill: Basically Obamacare with a bunch of the funding removed. Will cost a bunch of people there coverage. Bad idea. Jeff Sessions: Might as well resign, he'll never be able to be effective with the Russia thing floating over his head even if he's cleared of any wrongdoing. Devos: Terrible choice. Dakota Access Pipeline: Should go through a second review to prove to the local population that it's safe, or find that it's not. Keystone XL: Already had a sufficient review. Build it. Net Neutrality: Shame on the Senators that are backing legislation to put it at risk. Go to to see your representatives actions on these bills and let them know what you think. Energy: Invest in infrastructure to prepare for more renewable energy. Military spending increase: Fine with me as long as we're giving the military what they actually need / want rather than buying junk they can't use from some congressman's brother in law. Immigration: Make legal immigration easier and more efficient. This greatly stems the tide of illegals, and allows us to be on the moral high ground in prosecuting future illegal immigrants. We do not currently have such a high ground. Do not prosecute those that are already here unless they break other laws. Give them a grace period and path to citizenship, not blanket amnesty. I'm sure I'm missing some key issues. These are the biggest ones I could think of right now. Overall I'm not very pleased with how the current administration is handling things. My wait and see attitude is wearing a bit thin, I've waited and not liked what I've seen so far.

Why does he seem like a relatively moderate candidate to you?

According to the Washington Post, based on his decisions for the past ten years, he would be the farthest right member of the Supreme Court by a large margin:

He also has spent his entire life as part of the conservative establishment:

I don't understand how you could consider him a moderate.

Largely because he'd be the replacement for Antonin Scalia. The Post will have a hard time convincing me that he's more conservative than Scalia was.

Perhaps I should have been more clear. He's no centrist, he's simply more moderate than the man he's replacing.

Also, apart from the Hobby Lobby decision, he has shown very little interest in pushing an agenda. He seems to be honestly trying to interpret the law as he understands it.

I don't have a problem with him, and I very much doubt Trump would nominate anyone more moderate if Gorsuch doesn't get through.

How's it feel to have (probably) the longest-running AMA on Reddit?

I love reddit and the community and I'm proud to be a part of its history.

Coca cola or pepsi?

Coke. Though my favorite cola is RC, and my fave soda overall is Mountain Dew.

Would you have done anything differently? And how is life now? Are you still recognized? PS -- Was just reading your comments on the Obi Wan thread; you've got a great sense of humor!)

Given how everything turned out I probably wouldn't change a thing. If I had made a throw away account for this AMA I would have probably made more money in the short term, but then there would still have been media vultures combing through my life to try to "catch" me.

I do still get recognized in public almost every day, but other than that life is mostly back to normal. I do as many charity events as I can. Trivia nights and golf tournaments mostly.

Wait you make money​ with this? How's that possible?

Not much anymore, but in the early days I had t shirt sales and a few endorsement deals. I ended up making about 18 months worth of my regular salary.

Why are you still answering your AMA?

Because people are still asking me questions. Why is that so difficult for everyone to understand?

Who did you vote for? Or is that too loaded

You can not possibly have been paying any attention to me without hearing my answer to this question. It is in this post at least a dozen times.

I have never and will never be telling anyone who I voted for.

If you could visit any country, money and travel is no problem. What would it be?

I'd choose north korea.

Ireland. It's where my family is originally from, and it's one of the most beautiful spots on earth.

Me too! Huge fan. Can I get a reply?


What part of Ireland, Ken? Donegal man myself.

A Small village in the North East. I'll ask my grandmother to look up the name in her father's immigration records next time I see her.

Do you miss the attention the media gave you ? Decided to throw a comment down before this gets archived

Not really. Although it was fun, it was also a bit of a pain doing interviews all day and giving the same answers to the same questions over and over.

I would answer questions all day over and over for the money. Think it's cool you do this stuff and you're still answering comments.

That would be great, except you don't get paid to do interviews.

Really ? Not even a couple hundred bucks

Nope. It's a common misconception. That's why we always assume that everyone on tv is rich. The only times I got paid were when I was on entertainment based shows where they were profiting from having me on. News networks do not pay guests.

Hey just wanna say I didn't realize you were a mod at /r/upliftingnews. That's fucking awesome. In a very recent thread (the one about the kid with alopecia winning a crazy hair contest) you had to sticky a comment saying there were a lot of trolls. Is that a common occurrence?

Disturbingly common. We have to remove dozens of comments a day. Since the sub is meant to be so positive it draws the worst trolls trying to tarnish it.

I have literally no idea who you are. TL;DR pls?

I'm the guy in the red sweater from the 2nd US Presidential debate.

Commenting before this is archived. What's goin on, Ken?

Not much, also there's a link to a new post edited into the description.

This interview was transcribed from an "ask me anything" question and answer session with Ken Bone conducted on Reddit on 2016-10-13. The Reddit AMA can be found here.