Of course, Bernie Sanders found a way to help people using the “Bernie in a chair” meme. Seriously, is anyone surprised?
During the Inauguration of President Joe Biden on Wednesday, January 20 (a.k.a. three days ago), an image of the Vermont senator looking particularly cold in his now-famous mittens, winter coat, and no-nonsense face mask went viral. Sanders was quickly photoshopped into every iconic photo, painting, and movie scene you can think of, so it’s no wonder his team quickly whipped up a sweatshirt for his campaign store.
The “Chairman Sanders Crewneck” is $45 on the website and 100% of proceeds go toward Meals on Wheels Vermont. Actually, the sweatshirt was $45. It’s already completely sold out, according to the website, which states that “due to overwhelming demand” those who were able to order the crewneck will have to wait 4-8 weeks before receiving their package.
So yeah, Bernie Sanders has seen a lot of your memes.
“I was just sitting there trying to keep warm, trying to pay attention to what was going on,” he said during an interview on Late Night With Seth Meyers on January 21. “What was really nice is the woman who made the mittens lives in Essex Junction, Vermont, she is a schoolteacher and a very, very nice person. She has been somewhat overwhelmed by the kind of attention that is being shown to her mittens.”
However, Sanders wasn’t nearly as grumpy as the photo would have you think. “I was in tears seeing the new president getting sworn in and the old president leaving Washington,” he told Seth Meyers. “I think the president is off to a very good start. What i liked about his inaugural remarks and the general tone of his administration is he recognizes that this country faces a set of unprecedented crises, from the pandemic to the economy to the very threats against democracy to climate change to income and wealth inequality.”
He continued, “I think if we can give him the support that he needs in congress, he can, in fact, be an extremely progressive president addressing the crises facing working families.”