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Bernie Sanders Spawns Splash of Memes with Inaugural Attire at Biden's Inauguration

Senator Bernie Sanders stole the show with his extremely comfy looking brown and white mittens. Sanders, with his mittens, instantly went viral on social media. Turns out, there's a really sweet story behind them. Sanders was given the pair of mittens by a school teacher in his hometown in Vermont. The teacher had made the mittens using repurposed material and he has been spotted wearing it previously as well. Photo: Twitter

Senator Bernie Sanders stole the show with his extremely comfy looking brown and white mittens. Sanders, with his mittens, instantly went viral on social media. Turns out, there's a really sweet story behind them. Sanders was given the pair of mittens by a school teacher in his hometown in Vermont. The teacher had made the mittens using repurposed material and he has been spotted wearing it previously as well. Photo: Twitter

Wearing mittens made out of recycled materials and a warm winter jacket, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders pulled off a casual inauguration outfit and vibe that only he could.

Wearing mittens made out of recycled materials and a warm winter jacket, US Sen. Bernie Sanders pulled off a casual inauguration outfit and vibe that only he could.

Many people quickly highlighted the 79-year-old independent Vermont senator’s look, and created endless memes, from Wednesday’s inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, which he said was more about keeping warm than fashion.

You know in Vermont, we dress warm, we know something about the cold, and were not so concerned about good fashion, we want to keep warm. And thats what I did today, Sanders told CBS on Wednesday.

People were particularly enthralled with Sanders mittens, which were made by a Vermont elementary school teacher who has a side business making mittens out of recycled wool.

I love it that he loves them, and that he wears them, Jen Ellis, an elementary school teacher, told NECN-TV. And Im totally honored that he wore them today.

Ellis has never met Sanders. But when her daughter went to a child care center owned by one of his relatives, she was able to slip a pair into Sanders’ hands.

I think people like a heartwarming story especially now, she said when asked about the all the attention the mittens were getting on social media.

The widespread interest in the mittens prompted Ellis to tweet Wednesday that there were no more of the coveted hand warmers.

Sanders has donned the mittens before while running for president in 2020 and in interviews with Vermont journalists, the station reported.

Mittens are easy to slip on, they’re cozy, you know you’re hands stay a little warmer in a mitten, you’ve got the the body heat thing, said Ryan Leclerc, a hard goods buyer for Onion River Sports in Montpelier, Vermont. And you just can’t deny how stylish they are, especially the ones he was wearing.”

Sanders inauguration look, including a brown winter jacket made by Burton snowboards, has spawned countless memes since Wednesday including the former presidential candidate on the subway, on the moon, sitting on the couch with the cast of Friends.

In memes spreading across Indian Country, Sanders is draped with a Pendleton blanket sitting alongside the parade route during a tribal fair, next to the fire during a ceremony and riding in the back of a pickup truck across remote land. Even before inauguration day, he was dubbed cheii, the Navajo word for grandfather.”

Ryan Leclerc, a hard goods buyer for Onion River Sports in Montpelier, Vermont, said Sanders is more about substance than style, noting the senator’s inauguration attire emulated what is great about the him.

Those are the mittens you might see when youre sipping cider around a fire. Sanders doesnt care and its not important to him,” Leclerc said.

first published:January 22, 2021, 08:28 IST