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U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, wrapped up in a winter coat and mittens at the presidential inauguration, is now a fashion icon for looking like he was running an errand at the historic event.
Amid a sea of designer coats, the 79-year-old Vermont senator made a sartorial statement on Jan. 20 by showing up in a jacket by snowboarding equipment company Burton and homemade woolen mittens, carrying a large brown envelope.
His practical Vermont dad look became an instant meme.
“Your uncle Bernie stepped out to the bodega for a cream cheese and lox bagel and got trapped at an inauguration,” Lester Kiewit wrote in a tweet.
A news wire image of Sanders sitting, arms and legs crossed, inspired netizens to place him in both familiar and unlikely settings.
Several memes show the native New Yorker on mass transit, including chilling to music on headphones. Elsewhere, he shares a park bench with actor Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump, sits behind Chewbacca and Han Solo in Star Wars, and appears on desolate planets. (Reuters)
This article was provided by The Japan Times Alpha.