Judging by the reaction on social media, you either love the ubiquitous Bernie mittens memes or you hate them.
Personally, I find them charming—and they’ve been a welcome distraction from the 500-pound gorilla that’s, well, no longer in the room.
But this whimsical inauguration day highlight is also doing a lot of good for plenty of people.
Sen. Bernie Sanders said Wednesday that sales of merchandise featuring a viral image of the Vermont independent wearing mittens at the inauguration of President Joe Biden raised a whopping $1.8 million for charities in just five days.
“Jane and I were amazed by all the creativity shown by so many people over the last week, and we’re glad we can use my internet fame to help Vermonters in need,” Sanders said in a statement, referring to his wife.
A photo of Sanders sitting cross-legged and bundled up in a winter coat and wearing a chunky pair of mittens at Biden’s inauguration became a social media sensation last week.
Granted, you could probably raise $1.8 trillion selling T-shirts featuring any Trump family member in grubby prison garb, but we’ll have to wait for that.
For the moment, anyway, it’s all Bernie all the time.
The best Bernie memes I saw pic.twitter.com/mwq6stLV7Z
— David Leavitt (@David_Leavitt) January 21, 2021
— What Your Momma Don't Know (@SameRiver2wice) January 23, 2021
It never gets old. https://t.co/AxtU0lfOCK
— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) January 21, 2021
Ok, this is the best of the Bernie Sanders memes. pic.twitter.com/6REhlCKFJL
— Damian Karzon (@dkarzon) January 22, 2021
when memes collide
— shardcore ⧖ (@erocdrahs) January 21, 2021
— Ben Zelevansky (@BenZelevansky) January 20, 2021
Okay, they can’t all be the best. But damn, some of these are really good.
Kudos, Bernie. Some people (oh, you know who) might have been offended. Thanks for being a good sport and helping people in need.
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