These Memes Prove Inauguration Day Belonged To Bernie Sanders

Even at a glance at just a few of these, it'd be hard to disagree.

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Yes, yes, Wednesday saw the end of the Trump-Pence administration and the beginning of the Biden-Harris one--but the moment and arguably the day belonged to Bernie Sanders. Chances are if you're reading this, you're already well aware that a photo of the United States senator from Vermont attending the inauguration while masked up, socially distanced, and arms folded with fluffy finger mittens became a meme. But what you might not be aware of is how widespread the meme has become.

It's such a simple formula--take a picture of the 79-year-old senator and Photoshop him into a new context and, bam, it is instantly surreal and hilarious. But you don't have to take our word for it. Check out just some of our favorites below so far, after the original for comparison sake.

Meanwhile, Instagram account theberniealbums has sprung up and has already as of this writing inserted this photo of Sanders into 54 album covers. The account is likely up to the task, but it's pretty hard to top this Fleetwood Mac Rumours one.

For those who were wondering, the meme grew to such popularity that there was even reportage on where Sanders got those cozy mittens. According to The Washington Post, they were a gift from one of the senator's constituents, a second-grade teacher in Essex Junction, Vermont named Jen Ellis. They are wool-sweater scraps lined with recycled plastic. In other words, they're DIY AF.

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