The likability ratings of one person from the debate are way up — or down, depending on how you interpret the meme that's making rounds online. No, I'm not talking about either candidate. It's one of the undecided voters who participated in the debate, Kenneth Bone. He stood up, as a part of the town hall format, to ask Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump a question. But their answers aren't what won over social media. Instead, it's a meme connected to one of your favorite Pixar movies, Toy Story 2, and Kenneth Bone, because he really resembles a certain character.
Bone asked the candidates: "What steps will your energy policy take to meet our energy needs while at the same time remaining environmentally friendly and minimizing job layoffs?" But it wasn't his words that were of interest. Rather, it was his outfit. A red sweater with a dress shirt under it — a perfect match for his black glasses and mustache. But why so perfect? That's eerily similar to the bad guy from the second film about Woody and Buzz Lightyear. If you remember, in Toy Story 2, Al McWhiggin, was an evil toy collector who was in it for the money. Forget energy policy, he's looking for Andy's favorites.
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And someone had to. The debate started ugly and never truly grew cordial — even at the very end when the candidates were asked to say something nice about each other. There were plenty of barbs even then.
Before that, though, was the answer that Bone was looking for. Trump blamed the government. "Energy is under siege by the Obama administration, under absolute siege. The E.P.A. — the Environmental Protection Agency — is killing these energy companies. And foreign companies are now coming in, buying so many of our different plants and then rejiggering the plant so they can take care of their oil. We are killing, absolutely killing our energy business in this country." It was unclear what point he trying to make, except that the E.P.A. is bad.
Clinton had a more coherent version:
I have a comprehensive energy policy, but it really does include fighting climate change, because I think that is a serious problem. And I support moving toward more clean, renewable energy as quickly as we can, because I think we can be the 21st century clean energy superpower and create millions of new jobs and businesses. I also want to make sure we do not leave people behind. That is why I am the only candidate, from the very beginning of this campaign, who had a plan to help us revitalize coal country.
Hopefully for Bone, he was pleased with one of the answers, because social media is sure pleased with him.