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Senator Bernie Sanders reacts to his recent viral ‘mittens meme’

“I was just sitting there trying to keep warm, trying to pay attention to what was going on,” the senator said

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders arrives for the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol for President-elect Joe Biden in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. AP

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is well aware that a recent Inauguration Day photo turned him into a viral meme.

On Thursday, Sanders made a virtual appearance on NBC talkshow “Late Night With Seth Meyers.” The senator was asked to share his thoughts about the new memes, EW reports.

“I was just sitting there trying to keep warm, trying to pay attention to what was going on,” Sanders told Meyers.

As reported earlier by the Deseret News, the popular new meme format has internet users photo editing an image of the senator sporting a mask and mittens into recognizable pop culture moments, like on the set of “Star Wars” for example.

During his conversation with the late night talk show host, Sanders highlighted one particular area of interest surrounding the new meme — the senator’s unmistakeable pair of brown mittens.

“What was really nice, Seth, was the woman who made the mittens lives in Essex Junction, Vermont,” Sanders said. “She is a school teacher and a very, very nice person, and she has been somewhat overwhelmed with the kind of attention that is being shown to her mittens.”

The mitten maker’s name is Jen Ellis and she was recently interviewed on NPR’s “All Things Considered” podcast regarding the gloves’ unexpected moment in the national spotlight.

“I’m so excited that (Sanders) likes the mittens and he wants to wear them,” Ellis said. “They are practical and warm, and they look nice.”

She continued, “I think that it’s really great that Bernie wore something that is accessible to normal people. People can’t afford those lovely outfits that everybody else wore (at the inauguration), although they were nice to look at. It was nice to have a little piece of reality, you know, and of normal people in such a prominent event.”