From Ken Bone to the USA Freedom Kids, Where the 2016 Campaign Characters Are Today

Offbeat - Inside Edition Staff

The 2016 presidential election brought a national spotlight to a unique cast of characters, and we're not talking about the candidates. 

One year later, Inside Edition has tracked down some of the personalities that got their 15 minutes of fame, thanks to the campaign. 

Remember the USA Freedom Kids? They performed to cheering crowds at a Trump rally and got mixed reviews.

The group's founder, Jeff Popick, says the girls are still performing but with more emphasis on fun than politics.
 
"We truly want to bring this country together and that's what we're focused on right now,” he told Inside Edition. 
 
Then there was Ken Bone, the coal plant technician with the mustache and signature red sweater, who became an overnight sensation after appearing at a nationally televised town hall debate in October 2016. 

His famous face and attire led to a Halloween costume inspired by his look.

"I still get recognized almost every day," he said. "You know I do a lot of pictures, a lot of selfies."

As for the red sweater, Bone says he auctioned it off. He donated the proceeds. 
 
"We got $10,000 for a charity, Greater St. Louis Honor Flight, which takes World War II and Korean War vets and flies them out to Washington for a once in a lifetime chance to see their war memorials,” he said. 

Speaking of $10,000, President Trump wrote a check for the same amount to a dedicated campaign volunteer just days before he was inaugurated. 

Shane Bouvet received the funds directly from the real estate tycoon to help Bouvet's father, who was battling bladder cancer.   

"I am a live testimonial that Donald Trump does fulfill his promises,” Bouvet told Inside Edition.

After getting the check after the inauguration, Bouvet says his dad is making significant progress. 

“He's doing great," Bouvet said. "He's in remission right now. The president really gave him that extra fight that he really needed during that hard time." 

Billionaire businessman Mark Cuban became a player in the presidential campaign when he trolled Trump while sitting front row at a debate.

One year later, Inside Edition asked the Dallas Mavericks owner what he thinks about the president. 

“There's negatives and positives. I think you can make the argument he has helped the economy but he has no common sense because he just can't shut up,” he said.