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Bernie Sanders Finally Broke His Silence About Those Inauguration Memes

"I was just sitting there trying to keep warm."

You've seen the memes. Don't act like you haven't.

Former presidential candidate, Senator Bernie Sanders sits with his mitten-covered hands and legs crossed in the bleachers at President Joe Biden's inauguration
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Well, now Bernie Sanders has seen 'em too — for the first time, or so he says. When Seth Meyers asked him on Late Night with Seth Meyers if he was aware of his instant meme-ification, Sanders replied, "Not at all."

Tonight’s guest @BernieSanders reacts to the memes about his instantly iconic inauguration look.

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"I was just sitting there, trying to keep warm, trying to pay attention to what was going on."

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But when Meyers showed Sanders a meme of him sitting with the characters from Sex and the City, he laughed and admitted: "I've seen 'em."

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Sanders also shouted out Jen Ellis, the Vermont-based teacher and supporter who gave him the iconic mittens more than two years ago.

Closeup of the thick, patterned mittens
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"She is a schoolteacher and a very, very nice person, and is somewhat overwhelmed by the kind of attention that's being shown to her."

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Senator Bernie Sanders, and Senator Debbie Stabenow speak during the inauguration ceremony
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As for what was in that envelope? "I'd love to tell you, Seth, but it's top secret," Sanders claimed.

Sen. Bernie Sanders is seen prior to the Presidential Inauguration carrying a manilla folder
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Fair enough!

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Scroll through some of the best Bernie inauguration memes here and here and here.