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Bundled-up Bernie: The story of the mittens that sparked an inauguration meme storm

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WASHINGTON: Standing out in a crowd of glamorously dressed company, Bernie Sanders confirmed up for the US presidential inauguration on Wednesday in a heavy winter jacket and brown and white patterned mittens.

The mittens have since turn into the topic of a meme storm on social media in addition to garnered curiosity over the place the senator obtained them. Trend journal Vogue went as far as to explain his fashion as “anti-fashion”.

Sanders’s outstanding mittens have been constituted of repurposed wool sweaters and fleece constituted of recycled plastic bottles by Jen Ellis of Essex Junction, a instructor in Vermont.

This is the way it all started: Ellis’ daughter, Helen, went to a baby care centre owned by a relative of Sanders’.

This offered the instructor an “in” to present the previous presidential candidate a pair of the mittens, greater than two years in the past.

“I think people like a heartwarming story — especially now,” Ellis stated of why the mittens captured so many individuals’s consideration on social media.

Ellis says she has by no means met the senator. She is a full-time elementary faculty instructor in Vermont’s Essex-Westford Faculty District. She upcycles used wool garments into mittens as a facet enterprise, to promote at craft gala’s or to present as presents.

It appears Sanders definitely fancies them. “He previously wore the mittens at stops on the campaign trail when he was running for president in 2020, and in interviews with Vermont journalists,” studies NECN.

“You know, in Vermont… we know something about the cold. We’re not so concerned about good fashion, we want to keep warm. And that’s what I did today,” Sanders stated with a snicker on CBS Information after the inauguration.

His spouse Jane O’Meara Sanders additionally praised the look, tweeting: “Vermont jacket, Vermont gloves, Vermont common sense!”

Memes galore

An AFP picture of the veteran leftist spawning the primary viral meme of the Biden period.

The senator from the northeastern state of Vermont, beloved by supporters for his earnest and seemingly grumpy fashion, was seated alone on the socially distanced occasion Wednesday the place Joe Biden took oath as president.

Social media customers rapidly pounced on AFP photographer Brendan Smialowski’s shot of a bundled-up Sanders sitting cross-legged, superimposing it on all kinds of pictures.

Former presidential candidate, Senator Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) sits within the bleachers on Capitol Hill earlier than Joe Biden is sworn in because the forty sixth US President on January 20, 2021, on the US Capitol in Washington, DC. — AFP/Brendan Smialowski

One positioned Sanders on a bench subsequent to Tom Hanks in “Forrest Gump”, one other put him in detention with the youngsters from “The Breakfast Club”, and he additionally made it into quite a few “Star Wars” scenes.

Some photoshopped him on to the covers of albums by music stars equivalent to Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar and Oasis.

Sanders has been within the political limelight for years — most just lately, he aimed for the White Home within the 2020 Democratic primaries, which he misplaced to the eventual winner Biden.

However some Twitter customers determined to whisk him to different moments in historical past.

One meme confirmed him, mittens and all, in a black-and-white picture from the WWII Yalta Convention in 1945, seated subsequent to British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, US President Franklin Roosevelt and Soviet chief Joseph Stalin.

One other positioned him on the desk with Jesus Christ and his apostles in Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper”.

He even made it to the Moon: one meme confirmed him seated on the floor of the moon, sporting an astronaut’s helmet, subsequent to an American flag.

Sanders, who had arrived on the Capitol carrying a big brown envelope, was additionally in comparison with a grandfather stopping in on the inauguration on the best way to the put up workplace, or maybe he was off to select up a physician’s prescription.

Twitter consumer @BoxrecGrey quipped: “Bernie looks fully prepared to leave this event early to mail his taxes and cash a cashier’s check.”

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