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Bernie Sanders Is Very Pleased His Inauguration Memes Are So Popular

He’s happy the inauguration photo ”makes people aware that we make good mittens in Vermont“

Breaking news: Bernie Sanders is fully aware of those hilarious inauguration memes. And he’s mostly just glad for all the good press it’s bringing to the Vermont mitten industry.

The U.S. Senator for Vermont said he’s just happy that the photo “makes people aware that we make good mittens in Vermont,” he told CNN reporter Ali Zaslav.

He added: “We have some good coats as well.”

The photo in question shows Sanders sitting in a folding chair, arms crossed and socially distanced from those around him. His expression, though mostly concealed behind his standard-issue surgical mask, is resolute in its Bernie-ness.

The coat he wore to the inauguration was also a topic of discussion on Wednesday, particularly that it was the very same coat he wore in the viral video that spawned the equally famous “I am once again asking” meme.

Meme-crossovers of this nature are rare and beautiful things, and the Inauguration mitten meme seems to have awakened the internet’s insatiable desire for more Bernie memes.

As pointed out by Buzzfeed News reporter Ruby Cramer, Sanders’ very cozy-looking beige mittens were made by Vermont teacher Jen Ellis and gifted to the senator over two years ago.

Ellis “was surprised when he began wearing them on the campaign trail,” Cramer tweeted. “They are made from repurposed wool sweaters and lined with fleece made from recycled plastic bottles.”

We would expect nothing less from a backer of the Green New Deal.

Bernie’s meme is so popular, in fact, that a bunch of celebrities are now getting in on the action, including Guy Fieri, Whoopi Goldberg, Allison Janney, and even the band Haim.

So for now, as we await the internet to generate more Bernie memes for us to fawn over in wholesome glee, we’ve compiled a whole truckload of Bernie memes here to tide you over. But in case you need a quick Bernie fix, check out a handful of our favorites below.