‘Bernie Sanders with mittens’ is the first meme of the Biden era.

Click to play video 'President Biden preaches healing and unity in unprecedented U.S. inauguration ceremony'

WATCH: In an inauguration ceremony unlike any other, U.S. President Joe Biden told a divided America that it's time to heal. Paul Johnson reports.

Social media users were feeling the “Bern” while Sen. Bernie Sanders was warding off the cold on Wednesday, when he wore a remarkably practical winter coat, mittens and a mask to U.S. President Joe Biden‘s inauguration.

The Vermont senator became the first mega-viral meme of the Biden era Wednesday afternoon after he was photographed with his legs and mittens crossed while sitting on a folding chair at the event.

The image had strong “Grandpa waiting for the Santa Claus parade during COVID-19” vibes, and it stood out at an otherwise glamorous ceremony involving ex-presidents, A-list singers and the most powerful politicians in Washington.

Social media users pounced on images of Sanders, adding captions or photoshopping him into a wide range of scenarios.

“This could’ve been an email,” one captioned image read, in a tweet that received more than one million likes.

The tweet touched on Sanders’ battle with Biden last year for the Democratic presidential nomination — a battle he ultimately lost. Sanders later backed Biden and helped him develop his election platform, though it’d be hard to blame the senator if he did feel some mixed emotions on Biden’s big day.

Nevertheless, Sanders became the viral hit of the inauguration.

Others wondered why he carried a manila envelope with him at the inauguration.

Trending Stories

Sanders has long enjoyed the support of young voters, many of whom are steeped in meme culture, so it’s no surprise to see him star in a meme (again).

The 79-year-old last captured viral fame approximately one year ago with a fundraising video, back when he was still running against Biden. “I am once again asking for your financial support,” he said, in a quote that was later remixed into new situations and memes.

He wore the same winter jacket on Wednesday that he sported in the viral video from a year ago.

Sanders has also been wearing the mittens in cold weather for over a year, Buzzfeed reports. A Vermont teacher made them out of some old wool sweaters and lined them with fleece made from recycled plastic bottles.

“In Vermont, we dress warm,” Sanders told CBS News after the inauguration, when asked about his mitts. “We know something about the cold, and we’re not so concerned about good fashion,” he added.

“We want to keep warm and that’s what I did today.”

© 2021 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

Global News

Breaking news & current latest Canadian news headlines; national weather forecasts & predictions, local news videos, money and financial news; sports stats and scores.

https://globalnews.ca/

Related news
New grades plan 'best we can do other than exams' - Minister.

New grades plan 'best we can do other than exams' - Minister.

Schools Minister Nick Gibb has told Sky News that teachers in England defining the grades for students is the "best we can do other than exams". It comes after the former Director-General at the Department of Education resigned from Ofqual in disa...

Sky News Breakfast: Plans for teacher assessments to replace exams this year.

Sky News Breakfast: Plans for teacher assessments to replace exams this year.

On your Sky News Breakfast menu with Jayne Secker: - Schools Minister Nick Gibb talks to Sky News about the Government's plans for teacher assessments to replace GCSE and A-Level exams for students in England this year. - Former Chief Examiner Joh...

Exams scrapped with teachers to decide on A Level and GCSE results.

Exams scrapped with teachers to decide on A Level and GCSE results.

TEENS look set for a record haul of GCSEs and A levels this year — as officials abandon trying to control soaring grades. Normal summer exams have been ditched and teachers will instead decide what results students get, with the help of voluntary ...

Sky News wins News Channel of the Year for the fourth year in a row.

Sky News wins News Channel of the Year for the fourth year in a row.

Sky News has been recognised with six awards at this year's Royal Television Society Journalism awards. The channel won News Channel of the Year as well as best Home and International coverage for its reporting of the pandemic in the UK and Europe...

From dealing drugs to food parcels: Pastor Mick, Burnley, and a covid crisis.

From dealing drugs to food parcels: Pastor Mick, Burnley, and a covid crisis.

Pastor Mick Fleming has devoted all of his time in this lockdown to supporting the poorest communities in Burnley. But his life hasn’t always been this way. He tells us how he swapped a life of crime and dealing drugs for supporting people 24/7 wi...

Gov. Kristi Noem: New spending bill is a bailout for Biden 'cronies'

Gov. Kristi Noem: New spending bill is a bailout for Biden 'cronies'

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem slams President Biden's spending bill as a "bailout for bad actors" and discusses destruction caused by Keystone XL pipeline cancelation. #FoxNews #Hannity Subscribe to Fox News! Watch more Fox News Video: Watch Fox N...