Bernie Sanders’ Inauguration mittens capture Internet’s attention... and creative minds

Although Wednesday’s inauguration came after a volatile election and featured the swearing-in of the country’s first female vice president, the country’s collective attention appeared to be on former presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders.

Or, more specifically, Bernie Sanders’ mittens.

Sanders, who braved the 40-degree temperature wearing an oversized pair of brown-and-cream mittens, quickly became the star of countless memes -- all posted by people who marveled at the Vermont senator’s choice of winter accessories.

One Twitter user commented, “Bernie dressed like the inauguration is on his to do list today but ain’t his whole day.”

I found a new co-pilot! He made me promise we’d steer clear of Hoth.

Posted by Joonas Suotamo on Thursday, January 21, 2021

The internet gives. #berniesMittens #NotMeUs.

Posted by Chris Kutalik Cauthern on Wednesday, January 20, 2021

It turns out there’s a story behind the mittens.

After seeing Sanders wearing the gloves, Vermont teacher Jen Ellis revealed she made them for the senator from recycled wool she took from old sweaters and lined them with fleece made from recycled plastic.

Laurel Lee

Laurel Lee is the producer of Orlando's Morning News, Orlando's News at Noon and produces various Ask the Expert shows on the weekend.

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