He sat quietly as the brisk Washington breeze blew his wild, silver hair; his hands neatly folded over his lap clad in knitted mittens. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) made a fashion statement during the inauguration of his friend President Joe Biden Wednesday, but more he made a statement about America.
Jen Ellis, a teacher from Essex Junction, gave Sanders the mittens several years ago. They’re made from repurposed wool sweaters and lined with fleece made from recycled plastic bottles. Sweaters that warmed the days of many through harsh Vermont winters and bottles that touched the lips of thousands of Americans warmed the hands of a United States Senator.
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Many wore tight-fitting gloves, separating each finger in leather-clad division. Sanders’ brought each of his fingers together, encased in the loving, home-spun, warmth of unity.
“But the answer is not to turn inward, to retreat into competing factions, distrusting those who don’t look like you do, or worship the way you do, or don’t get their news from the same sources you do,” Biden’s voice sang out across the empty Washington streets.
Sanders’ hands weren’t jammed into the pockets of isolationism. They were gathered in a congress of devotion.
Many have responded to the poetic moment of Sanders sitting simply. His hands warm with a passion for America’s future. Feeling the zeal of the moment, and embracing the sense of community and heart, Americans have put the historic moment in some of the greatest moments of history.
Satire aside, you can see the photos below:
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Bernie and his mittens: a meme thread https://t.co/DrAH5q5WMe
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