The image of the Vermont politician huddled on a socially distant folding chair in a casual gray Burton parka and brown oversized hand-knitted gloves made from recycled wool and plastic exploded on the internet.
Sanders was taken to the throne by Game of Thrones, the Broadway show Hamilton, the Star Wars franchise and as Samantha in the reboot of Sex and The City.
He’s taken the subway, to beaches, and has appeared in countless famous works of art, as well as endless variations of grumpy sayings, from “This Could Have Been an Email” for Covid-Era Zoom Fatigue to “You cana had a bad b *** h,” from Lizzo’s Truth Hurts hit, referring to his second failed inclination at America’s top job.
The senator brought up the memes and told a CNN reporter, “It” makes people aware that we make good mittens in Vermont. ”
“We have some good coats too,” he added.
But the memes are still going strong, as are thousands of requests for these gloves.
After the swearing-in ceremony, Mr. Sanders initially laughed at the attention and told CBS that he wasn’t worried about fashion: “In Vermont we dress warmly, we know about the cold.”
Eagle-eyed tweeters soon discovered he had worn the gloves many times, including a 2019 visit to Pittsburgh where he loaned them to Alexandria Cutler, a dietician at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, who said her hands were cold.
After she managed to find the password for her Twitter account, the manufacturer of the mittens finally spoke up.
They were a gift to the Senator in 2016 after he failed to receive the Democratic nomination from Jen Ellis, a second grade teacher in Essex Junction, Vermont.
Meanwhile on Capitol Hill @ BernieSanders had this to say about the viral photo of him bundled on inauguration day: it “makes people aware that we make good mittens in Vermont”. He added, “We have some good coats too.”
– Jeff Zeleny (@jeffzeleny) January 21, 2021
Ellis told Jewish insider that she has long admired Sanders for his policies on student debt, free education, and health care and decided to gift him a pair in 2016 after losing his offer for the Democratic nomination and handing it over to his daughter-in-law, Liza Driscoll, then the director the preschool that Ellis’ daughter attended.
Although she was happy to see her on the campaign and at yesterday’s event, she unfortunately has no more plans.
“To be honest, I don’t do it much anymore,” said Ms. Ellis, who calls the item “swittens,” a portmanteau made of sweaters and mittens because they’re made from wool that has been untangled from old sweaters and lined with a fleece made from recycled material Plastic. (Which of course is very trademark law for the democratic socialist.)
Mostly because it takes over an hour to make each pair, which would consume their time with their daughter and partner.
“There’s no way you can make 6,000 pairs of mittens,” she said, “… and every time I check my email, hundreds of people have emailed me … I hate it folks to disappoint, but the mittens, they They are unique and one of a kind. Sometimes you just can’t get everything you want in this world. “
She added, “I’ve tried not to let the whole mittens business overshadow the glory of sitting with my five-year-old daughter and partner and watching the first woman sworn in as vice president,” she told JI. “That’s amazing. I had to wait four decades and my daughter didn’t even have to wait one. This really is the real star of the day.”