Now that the hit game "Pokemon Go" has basically consumed anyone with access to a smartphone, Pokemon has became a perpetually relevant topic that knows no boundaries. The Democratic National Convention — an event filled with celebrities and high-profile politicians — is no exception to that phenomenon. Meshing Pokemon and politics, Bustle asked 10 DNC attendees which Pokemon Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump would be. To most, Trump was an ominous Pokemon — think Gastly or Koffing. Characterizations of Clinton, however, varied anywhere from Eevee to Ditto.
Trump and Clinton are certainly not out of the loop when it comes to "Pokemon Go." In fact, each began making references to the game during campaign speeches in July. Whether their appeals to the latest fad will help convince voters to flock to the polls for them remains to be seen. But hey, it was definitely worth a try. Clinton even made a clever joke about it during a speech in Annandale, Virginia:
I don’t know who created Pokemon Go, but I’m trying to figure out how we get them to have 'Pokemon Go' to the polls.
Allusions to the popular game continued well into the Republican National Convention, during which Saturday Night Live host Michael Che played a spinoff titled "Trumpemon Go." The goal was to "catch" as many minority RNC attendees as possible. The proven difficulty of the game was a humorous testament to the relative lack of diversity there. Though no spinoffs of the game were created for the DNC, some people watching the event pointed out the otherwise-irrelevant fact that the stage looked like a Pokeball. And people were really excited about it. Clearly, this phenomenon isn't going away anytime soon.
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Oscar Salazar, 21
Hillary would be a Ditto and Trump would be a Meowth.
Jennifer Rojas, 25, and Vince Stellabotte, 25
I think Hillary would probably have to be a Ditto, because she just morphs into whatever. — Stellabotte
And then Trump would be a Gastly. — Rojas
Jordan Higgins, 22, and Joshua Luiz, 29
So, I think Hillary Clinton's Pokemon is Eevee. — Luiz
And I believe Donald Trump is Yungoos. — Higgins
Dean Goranites, 28, and Rachel Goranites, 26
Hillary Clinton is Ditto because she changes into whatever people want her to be. — Dean
And Trump is like Koffing because he's toxic. — Rachel
Eli Nascimento, 26
Hillary Clinton will be Magikarp, because she's useless. Trump would be Weezing, because all he does is just cough and be full of hot air.
Neah Walker, 16
I think Trump would be Raticate and Hillary would be Koffing.
Daisy Millard, 24
I think Trump would be Charmander and Hillary would be Eevee.
Additional reporting and images by Alexi McCammond/Bustle