Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is used to being turned into a viral meme (just look up the “I Am Once Again Asking You” meme), so it’s not too surprising that the outspoken senator went viral on inauguration day over a single moment captured on camera.
Since the ceremony was socially distanced, seats were spread out, which caused Sanders to be sitting alone. With his leg crossed over the other, fuzzy knitted mittens on his hands and a mask on his face, Sanders looked like the epitome of “please do not bother me.”
Of course, people on Twitter couldn’t help but relate to the energy Sanders was giving off, so lots and lots of memes were made.
Beyond just memes, people started placing Sanders in photos of scenes of movies and TV shows, because he just looks so darn funny sitting there by himself. There were even other moments captured on camera at the inauguration of Bernie that have been turned into memes.
It’s become an internet sensation, and we don’t ever want it to end. Here are a few of our favorite Bernie memes.
And in case you’re wondering where Senator Sanders got his warm mittens from, they are made by a teacher from Vermont who uses repurposed wool sweaters and fleece made from recycled plastic bottles. Pretty cool, huh?
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