Mittened Bernie Sanders Meme’d on BART, Cable Car

21 JANUARY 2021/SF NEWS/JAY BARMANN (sfist.com)

The meme of Bernie Sanders sitting slouched, masked, and wearing some large and cozy mittens while waiting for Joe Biden to be inaugurated on Wednesday spread fast and wide. And now there are some Bay Area editions.

The meme all began with photographer Brendan Smialowski’s shot of Senator Sanders, sitting socially distanced at the inauguration ceremony thinking about what could have been.

A different Getty Images photographer captured Bernie taking off one of those mittens to take a phone call.

Photo by Saul Loeb – Pool/Getty Images

But very quickly, the seated photo took off, and now Bernie has been plopped into just about every seated portrait, painting, and photo setting imaginable.

Berkeley City Councilmember Rigel Robinson then Photoshopped Bernie onto an empty BART train.

Caltrain then needed to get in on this.

Also, the cable car edition!

The mittens were a gift from a schoolteacher in Vermont two years ago, and she says she was surprised to then see Sanders wearing them on the campaign trail. FYI, they’re made from repurposed wool sweaters, fleece lined, she has an Etsy store, but she’s all sold out after the meme madness yesterday.

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