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Yesterday may have been President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris' day, but Senator Bernie Sanders wore white to the wedding if you catch our drift. Sanders showed up to the socially distanced inauguration at the Capitol wearing *the* brown winter jacket and *that* pair of knitted mittens, sat there cross-legged in his folding chair, cold as hell, holding a mysterious orange envelope, looking like he'd rather be anywhere else, and the internet couldn't get enough.
His curmudgeonly aesthetic speaks to us in a way we can only describe via meme. So, as the internet does, it got to work.
Bernie never looks happy to be anywhere & that’s why he is my king 🥰 pic.twitter.com/HJwHtgliW2
— Dan(ny) Lempert (@danlempert) January 20, 2021
“This could’ve been an email” pic.twitter.com/kn68z6eDhY
— Ashley K. (@AshleyKSmalls) January 20, 2021
First, we need to address the envelope he brought with him to the inauguration. What's in it? Why did he feel the need to bring it with him and not just leave it in the car? Did they disguise the nuclear football and give the codes to Sanders as some sort of clever ruse?
Bernard dressed like he running errands and the inauguration is one of them. 😂😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/4P3HvgcZvp
— Gemstone Queenpin 📿 💕 (@Octavia_Simone1) January 20, 2021
Oh, he was about to eliminate a contestant in America's Next Top Model. That's right. We forgot.
3 beautiful models stand before me but I only have one photo in my hands pic.twitter.com/AVl4BZSFEp
— charles entertainment cheese (@jmurffff) January 20, 2021
But wait. Perhaps there's more to the story...
no way. no fucking way pic.twitter.com/0o9kUFgWNo
— zach silberberg (@zachsilberberg) January 20, 2021
Secondly, we simply must give Sanders big kudos for following the time-honored New England tradition of wearing the same winter coat to all events, no matter how big (like presidential inauguration big) or small.
I will never forget Bernie honoring our middle class New England tradition of having exactly one heavy winter coat, worn to both formal and casual events pic.twitter.com/OrRHJeAS2P
— Julia Claire (@ohJuliatweets) January 20, 2021
The crossed legs paired with the crossed arms, hands stuck into mittens so large each could easily be worn as hats, the please don't talk to me attitude radiating from his posture and downcast eyes...it was the meme fodder was too much to not take a bite.
omg i can’t believe bernie’s the one less lonely girl🥺 pic.twitter.com/S29kSEeVgL
— thotline bling (@growngambino) January 21, 2021
Eternal Sanders of the Spotless Mind pic.twitter.com/JwPkUcdtNB
— avital ash (@avitalash) January 20, 2021
I am *so excited* for the new season of UNHhhh pic.twitter.com/PzkmgSTydY
— Pete Forester 🇺🇸 (@pete_forester) January 21, 2021
The internet really can be magical pic.twitter.com/Jrwkj2twii
— Ashley Holub, PhD (@ashtroid22) January 21, 2021
no thoughts just lo-fi bernie pic.twitter.com/psZDzRk3g2
— ˖ ᴛᴡɪʟɪɢʜᴛ 𝗐𝗁𝗈𝗋𝖾 ⁺⑅♡ bIm! (@ickobel) January 21, 2021
And that, kids, is how Bernie Sanders became the Baby Yoda of 2021—a sentence that is truly too bizarre.
If you'd like to grab your own pair of Bernie mittens, Vermont teacher Jen Ellis, who made and gifted Sanders' his iconic pair whilst he was on the presidential campaign trail, is knitting them by the boatloads—however, something tells us she'll be running low in stock in the coming days and weeks ahead.
Want Bernie Mittens? I have some new inventory and time for special orders. firstname.lastname@example.org #NYforSanders #peopleforbernie #BernieSanders2020 #berniesmittens #FeelTheBern2020 #NHforBernie #FeelTheBern #peopleforbernie pic.twitter.com/6wmEOvlkSS
— Jen Ellis (@vtawesomeness) February 7, 2020
From here on out, Inauguration Day will now be referred to as Bernie Sanders Looking Cold and Miserable While President Gets Inaugurated Day, so please spread the word.