- There were probably more storylines for the 59th Presidential Inauguration than any in modern history
- Social media had crowned a few Inauguration Day stars by the end of the ceremony
- One of Wednesday's most memorable topics was Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont
- A picture of Sanders, sitting alone, legs crossed, hands in mittens, quickly caught the attention of internet trolls, Photoshop ninjas and comedians
Given that at the 2021 Presidential Inauguration, Kamala Harris (in Christopher John Rogers), Jill Biden (in Markarian), Michelle Obama (in Sergio Hudson) and Jennifer Lopez (in Chanel) were all on stage, you would think it would have been hard to watch anything else.
And yet, at least according to Twitter, all eyes were instead on Bernie Sanders, a former Democratic presidential candidate, who arrived on Inauguration Day wearing a standard-issue disposable face mask and the same coat he wore in a previous viral video.
The mittens he wore to sit six feet from everyone in attendance on a modest folding chair, arms crossed and brow furrowed, were even more important than his coat-for-all-occasions, though.
Twitter went crazy over the look of Sanders, claiming that he looked like he was a grandfather going to the post office because of the brown envelope he was carrying.
The mittens were designed by Jen Ellis, a Vermont teacher, and were offered to Sanders as a gift when he had been on the campaign trail more than two years ago. Since then, Sanders has continued to wear those mittens.
The mittens, according to the teacher, are made of wool from recycled old sweaters and lined with fleece made of recycled plastic bottles.
In the photo and others taken of him during the ceremony, the generally serious former presidential candidate seemed more focused on incoming policy changes in Congress than participating in the inauguration’s typical pomp and circumstance.
He has since been photoshopped into various scenarios. Below are just a few of the memes making the rounds on Twitter:
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that President Joe Biden is facing articles of impeachment which were filed against him by a Republican congresswoman, Marjorie Taylor Greene.
The lawmaker who represents Northwest Georgia announced the news on Twitter on Thursday, January 21, a day after Biden's inauguration. She said:
“I’ve just filed articles of impeachment on President Joe Biden, we will see how this goes."
Greene also released a statement where is accused Biden of corrupt actions involving exchanges with Ukraine. She claimed the president had allowed his son Hunter to ‘siphon off cash from America’s greatest enemies, Russia and China’.
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