Did Politico Mistake Chevy Chase for Bernie Sanders?

Lots of folks online are convinced

Bernie Chevy Politico
Left: NBC; Right: Politico

Bernie Sanders came in first place Tuesday night in the New Hampshire primary, barely edging out Pete Buttigieg with 26% of the vote compared to Mayor Pete’s 24%. And he did so, presumably, while looking very much like himself.

But when Politico called it for Bernie late Tuesday, the political website tweeted out a drawing of the Vermont senator that a lot of people thought looked absolutely nothing like him. In fact, they thought it looked more like actor Chevy Chase as he appeared during his stint co-starring on the NBC sitcom “Community.”

“Pretty crazy that Chevy Chase from season 3 of Community won the New Hampshire primary but that’s democracy for ya,” one wag wrote. Another commenter referenced Chase’s character in “Community”: “The millionaire mogul heir to the Hawthorne Wipes estate won New Hampshire–sick of corporate jags running our country.”

A rep for Politico did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

First, at the top of the page you’ll see a side by side comparison. On the right is Chase from his “Community” years. On the left is Politico’s drawing of Sanders. We’ll be honest: While we can’t say for sure that drawing looks like Chevy Chase, it definitely doesn’t look like Bernie Sanders. But who knows, maybe “6 seasons and a movie” just got upgraded to “also maybe the presidency.”

Meanwhile, while Bernie had a good night in New Hampshire, the race is far from over. New Hampshire, both demographically and in population, is highly unrepresentative of the Democratic Party and the country over all. And despite not winning any new delegates, Elizabeth Warren remains third in number of overall delegates collected so far.

A clearer picture of the situation may begin to emerge over the next two weeks, with the Nevada caucuses happening Saturday, Feb. 22 and the South Carolina primary coming a week later on Feb. 29. The packed Super Tuesday primaries will be held just three days later on March 3.

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