The grumpy Bernie Sanders meme is the best one to come out of the inauguration

The grumpy Bernie Sanders meme is the best one to come out of the inauguration
We made our own version of the Bernie Sanders meme.Achim Thomae/Getty Images, BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images
  • A photo of Sen. Bernie Sanders looking grumpy at President Joe Biden's inauguration has gone viral.
  • A popular New York Instagrammer posted the image on Instagram over photos of NYC, from the street to the subway.
  • Since the photo editing challenge has gone viral, even celebrities and brands are getting in on the action.

A viral photo of Sen. Bernie Sanders has become the most magical meme of President Joe Biden's inauguration ceremony.

The image shows Sanders all bundled up looking cold and reserved - a typical New York City mood, especially in the winter.

At first, people edited the photo into classic NYC scenes, and the results are hilarious. Now, Bernie has gone global, and even celebrities and brands like Ryan Reynolds and Schitt's Creek are getting in on the fun.

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Bernie Sander's inauguration photo is a classic NYC mood, and memes from the viral image prove it

An Instagram account run by Nicolas Heller posted three images of Sanders edited into New York City scenes. In the series, Sanders is seen sitting on a sidewalk, in a park, and on the subway. The caption credits another account, @naomiotsu, and reads "had to act fast on this one."


A post shared by Nicolas Heller (@newyorknico)

One Twitter user had the same thought when posting the trio of images.

The same Instagrammer posted another edit of Sanders on the subway later on.

A post shared by Nicolas Heller (@newyorknico)

Another Twitter user posted Sanders at a chess table in Washington Square Park.

Here is Sanders at another notable NYC park, Tompkins.

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Another popular NYC Instagrammer posted images of Sanders sitting next to an NYC sidewalk vendor and in Union Square.

A post shared by Secret NYC (@secret_nyc)

The meme went global as it moved beyond NYC hot spots and into other settings

But the memes quickly moved beyond NYC and into other iconic images, like "The Situation Room," a photo from 2010 during the raid of Osama Bin Laden's compound, as Insider previously reported.

Twitter sent Sanders as far as the moon.

Some users combined memes by adding Sanders to viral photos of the past, like this photo that was popular in 2017.

One user tweeted a picture with Sanders as the fly on Mike Pence's head during the vice-presidential debate.


Even celebrities and brands got in on the action, editing Sanders into classic scenes

Ryan Reynolds, who plays Deadpool, posted Sanders next to his iconic character in a recent Instagram post.

A post shared by Ryan Reynolds (@vancityreynolds)

MTV edited Sanders into the crowd at the 2013 VMAs on Twitter.

The Daily Show posted Bernie behind Tom Hanks at the "Celebrating America" special.

Schitt's Creek put Sanders in front of the show's town hall in an Instagram post.

A post shared by Schitt's Creek (@schittscreek)

Bachelor Nation tweeted a picture of Sanders among all the female contestants on the show.


And another user replied with a relevant meme from Sanders' past.

Read more: The best memes and online reactions from President Joe Biden's inauguration