New York: US Senator Bernie Sanders, wrapped up in a winter coat and mittens at the presidential inauguration, is now a fashion icon for looking like he was running an errand at the historic event.
Amid a sea of designer coats, the 79-year-old senator made a sartorial statement on Wednesday by showing up in a jacket by snowboarding equipment company Burton and home-made wool mittens, carrying a large brown envelope.
His practical Vermont dad look became an instant meme.
“Your uncle Bernie stepped out to the bodega for a cream cheese and lox bagel and got trapped at an inauguration,” Lester Kiewit wrote in a tweet.
An image of Sanders sitting arms and legs crossed, captured by AFP, inspired netizens to place him in both familiar and unlikely settings.
Several memes show the native New Yorker on mass transit, including chilling to music on headphones.
Presenting: Lofi Bernie Sanders. pic.twitter.com/BIKFjaabYO
— GOOD (@good) January 20, 2021
Timeless style for essential trips. pic.twitter.com/nGUYNoiqWd
— Sound Transit #MaskUpWA – 🚆 🚈 🚍 (@SoundTransit) January 20, 2021
Elsewhere, he shares a park bench with actor Tom Hanks in “Forrest Gump,” sits behind Chewbacca and Hans Solo in “Star Wars,” and appears on desolate planets.
הטרנד של סנדרס pic.twitter.com/yFzR4YeWAV
— Amichai Stein (@AmichaiStein1) January 21, 2021
Bernie did the Kessel Run n 12 parsecs #BernieSanders #StarWars pic.twitter.com/uvW367MOOe
— TheRealTeresaC (@TheRealTeresaC) January 21, 2021
— Cheeky Nando 🌹⚓ (@WonkingClass) January 20, 2021
One meme shows him in a black-and-white photo from the World War Two Yalta Conference in 1945, seated next to British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, US President Franklin Roosevelt and Soviet leader Joseph Stalin.
This is the best one I’ve seen so far fwiw pic.twitter.com/kd3fOgyyCb
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) January 21, 2021
Vermont teacher Jen Ellis said in a tweet that she gifted Sanders the mittens, which she made from repurposed wool sweaters, two years ago.
I made Bernie’s mittens as a gift a couple years ago. They are made from repurposed wool sweaters and lined with fleece (made from recycled plastic bottles). #BerniesMittens pic.twitter.com/lTXFJvVy9V
— Jen Ellis (@vtawesomeness) January 21, 2020
As for the envelope, people joked that Sanders, who ran against eventual winner Joe Biden for the 2020 Democratic nomination, was running errands after Biden’s inauguration.
“Bernie looks fully prepared to leave this event early to mail his taxes and cash a cashier’s check,” @BoxrecGrey tweeted.
Sanders’ attire was a given for anyone familiar with the self-proclaimed social democrat’s practical approach to politics.
“Make no mistake, this is how Bernie would’ve shown up to his own inauguration as well,” tweeted @TimDuffy.