Sanders’ meme comical

If you’ve been on social media in the past couple of weeks, you’ve undoubtedly seen the bumper crop of memes featuring a mitten-wearing, crotchety-looking U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, at the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.

The memes put Sanders outside restaurants, bookstores and movie theaters, with the cast of “The Golden Girls” and on the cover of the Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” to cite just a few examples.

And while we are usually at odds with Sanders’ policy positions as a self-described “democratic socialist,” we are in agreement with one thing he has done with his recent online notoriety.

His campaign team put the now-famous image on a sweatshirt and, so far, $1.8 million has been raised for charities due to the sale of the shirts.

Proceeds are going to senior centers, Meals on Wheels programs and Community Action agencies in Vermont.

Little did Sanders ever imagine that his mittens and grumpy-man look would inject so much humor into otherwise grim times and help others, too.


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