Senator Bernie Sanders has inspired an internet meme sensation, after a photograph was captured of him socially distancing while bundled up at US President Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday.
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Social media users were quick to photoshop Sanders – who was photographed in a mask, signature beige parka, and knit patterned mittens – into various scenes from movies, television shows, historical images, and even foreign political scenes.
I'm sorry 3mmo Bernie, I had to. pic.twitter.com/J2jPQS9WTU— Finbar Anderson (@andfinbar) January 21, 2021
AFP reported that the look “earned him his own inauguration Bobblehead to mark his viral fashion moment.”
The figure is now on pre-sale for $25 at the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum’s online store.
Meanwhile, his mittens were also trending on social media. One journalist clarified that they were hand knitted by a teacher in Vermont named Jen Ellis.
“She gave them to him 2+ years ago and was surprised when he began wearing them on the campaign trail,” Ruby Cramer said on her verified Twitter account. “They are made from repurposed wool sweaters and lined with fleece made from recycled plastic bottles.”
Bernie’s mittens are made by Jen Ellis, a teacher from Essex Junction, Vt. She gave them to him 2+ years ago and was surprised when he began wearing them on the campaign trail. They are made from repurposed wool sweaters and lined with fleece made from recycled plastic bottles. pic.twitter.com/ErLr29lY2t— Ruby Cramer (@rubycramer) January 20, 2021
Here are some of the best viral memes that used the photo of a bundled up “Cold Bernie.”
My fave Bernie today. Sorry I don't know who to credit pic.twitter.com/7CIR8vXrlI— Melissa Clark-Reynolds (@HoneyBeeGeek) January 21, 2021
“This could’ve been an email” pic.twitter.com/kn68z6eDhY— Ashley K. (@AshleyKSmalls) January 20, 2021
it’s been 20 minutes and bernie still waiting for his green chile double pic.twitter.com/CHlW16n0MF— Omar Hernández 𓆑 (@OmarAHernandez) January 21, 2021
Ayyyyyyyyyyyyy Sexy Lady— HappyToast ★ (@IamHappyToast) January 21, 2021
Oppan Bernie Style pic.twitter.com/jkMW8rCLui
bernie sanders is actually the fifth member of one direction!! pic.twitter.com/YKay6ERtNV— noga 🐸 (@yogabologna) January 20, 2021
Best of Inauguration Bernie Sanders pic.twitter.com/x14XJQev5Q— firstname.lastname@example.org (@Jason) January 21, 2021