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Bernie and his mittens travel Alaska, in meme form

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: January 21
  • Published January 21

Photoshopped image of Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont as an IditaRider, created by Juneau artist Pat Race on Jan. 21, 2021. (Photo illustration by Pat Race. Musher photo: Keith Brown / USAF. Sanders photo: Brendan Smialowski/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

Sen. Bernie Sanders is taking a whirlwind trip around Alaska, courtesy of social media and Photoshop.

A viral internet meme this week featuring Sanders at Wednesday’s inauguration ceremony, seated on a folding chair in a surgical mask and wool mittens, was quickly embraced by Alaskans on social media. (The original image was taken by photographer Brendan Smialowski for Getty Images.)

Soon, the former presidential candidate was everywhere — from the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ temperature sign to Utqiagvik’s whale bone arch.

Sanders also made an appearance in front of Juneau’s whale sculpture, and as an IditaRider in Nome.

Sanders made it out to the now-relocated “Into the Wild” bus.

He visited the bears fattening up at Katmai National Park and Preserve.

Sanders also posed in front of the trans-Alaska pipeline.

The Vermont independent dropped by the Alaska Legislature in Juneau as the session begins.

Finally, Sanders joined a different well-known politician in a viral moment — former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s 2008 turkey pardon.