Meme of the Day: Bernie Sanders & His Mittens

by Brandon Zech January 20, 2021

Although today’s presidential inauguration had numerous memorable moments — performances by Lady Gaga and J.Lo; a wonderful poem by Amanda Gorman; the swearing in of Kamala Harris, the first woman of color elected to the office of the Vice President — the most memefied shot of the day was, surprisingly, of Senator Bernie Sanders.

Clad in a coat and mittens, and carrying some sort of envelope, Senator Sanders nonchalantly sat and watched the program. Due to social distancing, the Senator was seated far apart from the inauguration’s other attendees. The subtle absurdity of this image, especially against the backdrop of such a historic day, caused the internet to go wild.

The Washington Post has already published a story about Senator Sanders’ mittens. The New Yorker has too. And on Twitter, countless users have been sharing photoshopped memes of the Senator in artworks, historical scenes, movies, and more. You can see a collection of those memes below.

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Wells Mason January 21, 2021 - 21:13

In the aftermath of the last four years, and the blessed emotions of day one of the new administration, I think we all needed Bernie and his mittens. I sure did.


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