If you’ve been on social media at all in the last two days, you’ve undoubtedly seen memes of Bernie Sanders at the Joe Biden-Kamala Harris inauguration on Wednesday. He was the King of memes that day.
A photograph of the Vermont senator sitting cross-legged while wearing a mask, jacket, and cutest mittens has become an instant meme. Many online users inserted his picture in popular scenes of movies, television shows, artworks, and more.
Sen. Bernie Sanders appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers yesterday. And Seth had to ask him about the memes.
“Were you aware that this photo immediately sort of became the meme of the day?” the host asked, holding up the original photo of Sanders sitting by himself with both legs and mittens crossed before the ceremony began.
“Not at all,” the senator replied. “I was just sitting there trying to keep warm, trying to pay attention to what was going on.”
Meyers then proceeded to show Sanders some of his favorite examples. “Does your staff show them to you?” he wondered holding up the Sex and the City meme.
Letting out a quick chuckle, Sanders said, “Yeah, I’ve seen them,” and gave a huge shout out to the Vermont school teacher who made the now-iconic mittens.
“She is a schoolteacher and a very, very nice person, and is somewhat overwhelmed by the kind of attention that’s being shown to her.”
But Meyers wasn’t finished. He held up another photo of Sanders holding a manila envelope that went instantly viral when one comedian tweeted, “Bernie dressed like the inauguration is on his to-do list today but ain’t his whole day.”
Asked what was in the envelope, Sanders joked, “I’d love to tell you Seth, but it’s top secret.”
Isn’t he amazing?
What are your thoughts?