In the world of modern presidential campaigns, it’s not just the candidates who capture our attention. These days we see all sorts of people becoming overnight sensations and 2016’s battle between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump has been no exception. Click through our photo gallery above highlighting the Top 10 everyday people that were made infamous by the 2016 presidential election.
This year’s crop of campaign “superstars” cover a wide range of people including most notably Ken Bone, the town hall debate questioner who stole America’s heart, and 1996 Miss Universe Alicia Machado, who Clinton used as a campaign prop to reveal Trump’s allegedly misogynistic side. Other notable entrants on our list are the father of a fallen soldier, a disabled journalist and a doctor especially prone to hyperbole.
Past examples have been priceless. In 2012, an empty chair that was being spoken to by Clint Eastwood had us all staring in disbelief at our televisions. 2010’s class included a lot of crazy candidates such as Christine “I’m not a witch” O’Donnell from Delaware. Two years before that, in 2008, we got to know Samuel “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher who didn’t like being taxed and Levi Johnston, Alaska’s most famous baby daddy.
2004 produced two amazing celebrities from each party’s conventions. Zell Miller, a Democratic senator from Georgia, electrified the Republican convention with his fire and brimstone remarks against Sen. John Kerry. And at the Democratic convention that year, a little known state senator from Illinois named Barack Obama brought the delegates to their feet with his amazing rhetoric about hope and unity.