Bernie Sanders and His Mittens

The image above of Senator Sanders has gone viral, sparking a large variety of memes all over the internet

Even if you missed the inauguration this past Wednesday, you have likely seen a meme from it.

Instead of President Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, or any of the other VIP's in attendance being the star of the show, the real start of the show became Bernie Sanders, thanks to a fashion choice he made while attending the inauguration. His mittens were the real star of the show.

An image of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders sitting with his arms crossed, his hands covered by large mittens, has gone viral. The image has turned into a worldwide phenomenon, with people editing his picture to have him end up in some quite interesting locations.

The mittens Sanders worn were given to him by a Vermont school teacher while he was on the campaign trail a few years ago. While the teacher is unfortunately no longer selling the mittens, she suggests finding shops on Etsy that sell similar products. 

Since Wednesday, the picture has taken the internet by storm. Even companies and different news channels have taken on the challenge of creating "mitten memes". The TODAY Show, Fun 107.1, and several other companies have also had some fun with the picture.

The image of Sanders has been widely photoshopped. Some locations in which Bernie has been photoshopped include: Forrest Gump’s bench, the Iron Throne, the moon, Saturn, and into famous artwork. On Snapchat, you can even put Bernie Sanders wearing his mittens in your own room for a picture.

On Late Night with Seth Meyers, Senator Sanders spoke about the mittens. "I was just sitting there trying to keep warm, trying to pay attention to what was going on," he told Meyers. He also said in an interview with Gayle King on CBS, "In Vermont, we dress, we know something about the cold ... And we're not so concerned about good fashion. We just want to keep warm. And that's what I did."

What do you think about the Senator's mittens? Let us know in the comments down below!


PictureArticle written by Laura C.


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