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Bernie Sanders in First Class, also known as Bernie Sanders Listening to Music, is a viral photograph of Senator Bernie Sanders wearing white earbuds while seated in first class on a commercial airplane. The image has inspired numerous memes, including an image macro series hypothesizing what is playing on his device (similar to Mayor Pete Buttigieg Wearing Headphones).
On July 7th, 2019, Twitter  user @CCarrGOP tweeted the photograph with the caption "First class flight and first to board. Socialism has been good to
@BernieSanders." The post received more than 22,000 likes and 8,500 retweets in less than one year (shown below).
On October 15th, Instagram  user @sonny5ideup shared the image with the caption "me hitting my vape on the bus." The post received more than 37,000 likes in less than one year (shown below, left). Similarly, Instagram user @virjuulablow shared a variation with the caption "me trying to hit my juul secretly." The post received more than 2,100 likes in less than one year (shown below, right).
Bernie Sanders Listening to Music
On February 23rd, 2020, Twitter user @tonybonesarelli tweeted the picture with the caption "what song is bernie listening to in this pic?" The post received more than 2,700 likes and 150 retweets in less than one week (shown below).
Following the post, people began sharing answers on the platform. For example, on February 24th, Twitter @poetastrologers tweeted, "Norman Fucking Rockwell on repeat during Mercury Retro." The post received more than 23,000 likes and 4,500 retweets in less than 24 hours (shown below, left).
Over the next week, people continued to share variations of the meme, placing the photograph of Sanders with a screenshot of a phone-based music player showcasing an album or podcast (examples below, center and right).
On February 25th, 2020, Junkee published a report on the meme.
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