Bernie Sanders knows how to be a meme. It doesn’t take much, considering his strong Brooklyn accent, his hilarious Jewish affectivity, and his all around no-fucks-given attitude. But the best meme yet may have come out of this week’s inauguration, when the Vermont Senator was caught sitting cross-legged and bundled up in a bulky coat and handmade mittens to brave the cold Washington D.C. air, looking like the inauguration was another errand on his to-do list. A photo of Sanders, taken by Brendan Smialowski for Getty, quickly became a viral meme, and now the Bernie meme has become merch, as people make T-shirts, sweatshirts, mugs, and other things to celebrate the iconic former presidential candidate. These are the best Bernie-meme products we found.
True Bernie fans will already have clothing, stickers, and pins with the eponymous 'Feel the Bern' slogan, which came to be during his presidential run in 2016. But now it's revamped with the addition of the cozy mittens he was donning during the inauguration. Fun fact: they were made by a Vermont school teacher who says she's run out of inventory since being flooded with requests after Sanders's photo went viral.
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