Bernie steals show from Biden and social distancing is officially dead. Inauguration in a nutshell.

Joe Biden is now the president and the next four years offer so much promise – with Biden’s gaffes, half- or no-truths and anecdotes of consorting with Cornpop and segregationists (ask the new VP about that one), all interspersed with frequent, terrifying moments of Marxist economics, cramming down of identity politics and hints at rounding up conservatives for “deprogramming.”

But on Inauguration Day, it was Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont independent and America’s most loveable, most cantankerous democratic socialist who stole the day – at least for meme makers and Twitter critics.

Admittedly, grumpy Bernie made an easy target, seated in a folding chair at the inauguration while outfitted in his large winter coat, big Nor’easter-ready mittens and near- permanent scowl, which was hidden, naturally, behind a light-blue surgical mask. Which was mandatory not only by Biden’s federal decree, but also as we tried to avoid a William Henry Harrison redux.

In some photos, Bernie carried a big yellow envelope, as if he was on his way to the post office.

Some Twitter users had a field day with the above invitation:

@RMSThornton: “When you asked for finical (sic) support, but didn’t get enough money to buy the pudding.”

@dgardiner01: “When the DNC screws you over but lets a man with dementia win.”

@notoserfdom: “I cannot believe I lost to a guy who’s more senile than I am.”

@ttcarbine: “It’ll be a cold day in hell before Biden beats me again.”

@garbo824: “When feeling he Bern won’t even keep you warm.”

With that photo of Bernie seated, conservative commentator Stephen Miller said of Bernie’s pose: “When the opening band sucks.”

Podcaster Reeezy, with Bernie’s envelopes in view, added, “Bernie dressed like the inauguration is on his to do list today but ain’t his whole day.”

TV producer Franklin Leonard noted, “This fit and energy is why I will always have a place in my heart for Bernie Sanders.”

Ah good times. To borrow from conservative podcaster Andrew Klavan, we’re just laughing our way through the Apocalypse.

Bernie’s fixed glare and rigid pasture also got recognized in a different way.

Kyle Olson of Breitbart News noted how Biden, Barack Obama, Vice President Kamala Harris, former President Bill Clinton and Biden supporters in the streets ignored CDC guidelines about close-contact conversation, handshakes, fist bumps and hugs, even if they were masked up.

That is, except for one: “Perhaps the only person observing social distancing recommendations was Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders,” Olson wrote.

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