Sen. Bernie Sanders and his mittens have become an internet sensation, and it turns out there's a heartwarming story behind them...
Now, of course, the inauguration on Wednesday was missing its usual crowds of supporters...
Nevertheless, many famous faces were invited along to witness and participate in the scared event, including the likes of Lady Gaga and the Obamas.
Former leader of the Democratic party, Bernie Sanders, was also present for the event...
But he's become something of a fashion mogul online in the last few hours... and it's all because of the huge mittens he was wearing!
And there happens to be a heartwarming story behind them. Read on to check it out...
Now, the run-up to Biden's inauguration was a tense one, to say the least.
Since his election victory on November 7th, our country has experienced political tensions like never before.
Most people have been arguing that Biden's win was a fair one and after 4 long days of vote counting - and plenty of recounting - the Democrat was projected as the forty-sixth president of the United States.
And the moment that his supporters had been waiting for finally came.
Joe Biden is officially the president of the United States and Kamala Harris is now our first-ever female vice president.
It was a historical moment to witness Biden be inaugurated as the forty-sixth president of the United States...
And thankfully, the entire event ran smoothly without any disruption or feared security breaches.
Alongside our country, the world watched the big event.
#InaugurationDay was perfection. A display of class, empathy, and return to sanity, unity, normalcy and hope. After 4 years of sheer terrifying madness it felt in this moment we could exhale. Thank you @KamalaHarris @JoeBiden 💙💙 pic.twitter.com/zqALAluo89— tara strong (@tarastrong) January 20, 2021
With many praising it for being held with dignity, class, and grace.
The ceremony was jam-packed...
And was filled with star-studded guests such as Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, the Obamas, and Amanda Gorman.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is the former leader of the Democratic Party, was also in attendance...
But he's become the main talking-point on Twitter after people saw the huge mittens he was sporting in the cold weather... and they are well and truly obsessed.
Please, where can I purchase a pair for me?— Nina🌹 (@RealLifeDroid) January 20, 2021
The fact that @BernieSanders was able to upstage everyone at a presidential inauguration simply by being there and wearing mittens shows the true power of socialism— Adam Christensen (@AC4Congress2020) January 20, 2021
When I woke up today I didn't know I'd be crying about Bernie Sanders' mittens but apparently that's just where today is headed.— Jasmine (@jassokol) January 20, 2021
Bernie Sanders wearing mittens is my new favorite thing— Ben Trela (@bentrela) January 20, 2021
Yes I'm at work. Yes I'm looking up pictures of Bernie Sanders' mittens— Eric Wharton | BLM (@EricWharton125) January 20, 2021
I can already say my favorite part of today is Bernie Sander's mittens 😂— m. (@mattilynclaire) January 20, 2021
The unexpected hero of the inauguration so far...@BernieSanders’ mittens.— Jeremy Heuslein (@jeremybanters) January 20, 2021
Go @BernieSanders with your grandpa coat and fuzzy mittens! We love you!— Kate Black Lives Matter (@kg2013ri) January 20, 2021
i need to know how i can get some mittens like @BernieSanders bc i am obsessed— autumn. (@autumnemmy) January 20, 2021
Here are the infamous mittens:
In all the inauguration fashion news, let us not overlook Senator Bernie Sanders’ mittens pic.twitter.com/BlZivZ8cMP— Vanessa Friedman (@VVFriedman) January 20, 2021
And all we can say is... wow.
These literally look like the coziest mittens to ever exist!
Bernie’s mittens are made by Jen Ellis, a teacher from Essex Junction, Vt. She gave them to him 2+ years ago and was surprised when he began wearing them on the campaign trail. They are made from repurposed wool sweaters and lined with fleece made from recycled plastic bottles. pic.twitter.com/ErLr29lY2t— Ruby Cramer (@rubycramer) January 20, 2021
And believe it or not, the mittens were actually made by a teacher from Vermont.
That's right, it turns out there is a heartwarming story behind his mittens...
Wow! I am completely humbled by the huge support for Bernie and the mittens I made for him!! What started out as a simple act of kindness more than 2 years ago has grown into something beyond my imagination! Thanks everyone! The world is a beautiful place. #berniesmittens— Jen Ellis (@vtawesomeness) January 24, 2020
And it all starts with the second-grade teacher Jen Ellis.
"There's some debate about whether mittens are better than gloves, and I'm obviously in the camp that thinks mittens are better," she said.
I made Bernie’s mittens as a gift a couple years ago. They are made from repurposed wool sweaters and lined with fleece (made from recycled plastic bottles). #BerniesMittens pic.twitter.com/lTXFJvVy9V— Jen Ellis (@vtawesomeness) January 21, 2020
"Your fingers need to work together to keep your hands warm, and in mittens, they can be together. In gloves, they can't."
Ellis and her partner began making mittens years ago as a side hustle...
This mitten frenzy is really distracting me from getting my mid-year report cards done! #Berniesmittens— Jen Ellis (@vtawesomeness) January 24, 2020
But after having kids, it was difficult to keep up.
Ellis has admired Sanders for a long time...
I hope Jen Ellis sells out of mittens today.— gnarwhal (@Partunia) January 20, 2021
Saying: "As a public school teacher, I can see how what he says about school debt forgiveness and free education and a lot of things he talks about in his policies make sense for people."
She made a connection through the senator's daughter-in-law Liza Driscoll, who was the director of the preschool where Ellis's daughter went.
The energy of the magic mitten woman. I want that. This is my wish https://t.co/XvWFGp08H0— Melinda Salisbury 💙 (@MESalisbury) January 21, 2021
"When he lost the bid for the Democratic nominations in 2016, I was really heartbroken for him because I felt like he probably wouldn't run again.
"I thought, 'I'd like to make him a pair of mittens.' And I did," she said. "I totally remember the night I did it. I was thinking to myself, 'Is this crazy? I don't even know this guy.' But I wanted to make them for him, so I did."
"I'm really honored he wore them today. The fact that he's still wearing them is delightful and flattering," Ellis said.
Yes. I’m not really on Twitter but someone told me this was viral so I hopped on to watch the buzz. pic.twitter.com/vkGGJ4tgo9— Jen Ellis (@vtawesomeness) January 21, 2020
"There were people at the inauguration wearing clothing from world-famous designers. Then there was Bernie, wearing my mittens.
"All my friends and family have the same mittens as Bernie, too, so I think they all feel just a touch of fame — which is fun," she added.
Mostly, Ellis just feels appreciated...
Thanks for all the interest in Bernie's mittens! It truly has been an amazing and historic day! I'm so flattered that Bernie wore them to the inauguration. Sadly, I have no more mittens for sale. There are a lot of great crafters on ETSY who make them. -Jen Ellis,— Jen Ellis (@vtawesomeness) January 21, 2021
"When you are a maker of things, when you create things — art or clothes or whatever you make — you never know where they're going to go. And the fact that these mittens were made with the sewing machine my mother gave me when I was 12 years old and with wool that somebody else had thrown away, and they made it all the way to one of the most historic inaugurations of my lifetime," she said. "It just delights me."
Well, it looks like mittens are most certainly back in fashion!
Don't stop being you, Bernie!
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