Politico's drawing of Bernie Sanders looked to many like actor Chevy Chase.

Politico's Bernie Sanders / Chevy Chase Illustration

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Politico's Bernie Sanders / Chevy Chase Illustration refers to an artistic rendering of Bernie Sanders tweeted by political blog Politico after Sanders was named the victor of the New Hampshire Democratic Presidential Primary presidential-primary. The drawing reminded many of actor Chevy Chase, leading "Chevy Chase" to trend on Twitter.

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On February 11th, Bernie Sanders won the New Hampshire 2020 Democratic Primary.[1] In Politico's announcement of the result, they included an illustration of the Senator.


POLITICO POLITICO @politico Breaking: Bernie Sanders has won the New Hampshire primary, scoring a big shot of momentum in the Democratic presidential race after last week's messy lowa results politi.co/37IHY6N #NHprimary2020 SANDERS WINS New Hampshire PRIMARY ILLUSTRATION BY MICHAEL HOEVELER 2020 ELECTION RESULTS

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Quickly, Twitter users pointed out that the illustration looked like actor Chevy Chase. Twitter user @jbillinson[2] tweeted "Congratulations Chevy Chase on winning New Hampshire," gaining over 1,700 retweets and 7,400 likes (shown below, left). User @canaryfilmmaker[3] made a similar joke, gaining over 290 retweets and 1,900 likes (shown below, right).


Josh Billinson @jbillinson congratulations to chevy chase on winning new hampshire rcunco POLITICO @politico · 16h Breaking: Bernie Sanders has won the New Hampshire primary, scoring a big shot of momentum in the Democratic presidential race after last week's messy lowa results politi.co/37IHY6N #NHprimary2020 Show this thread SANDERS WINS New Hampshire PRIMARY LLUSTATON Dr MOAEL HOEWELER 2020 ELECTION RESULTS praxis what you preach @canaryfilmmaker Who's gonna let Bernie know that Chevy Chase won the primary? •• SANDERS WINS New Hampshire PRIMARY KUSTIATION BY MOUEL HOELER 2020 ELECTION RESULTS 11:50 PM · Feb 11, 2020 · Twitter for iPhone

The tweet led "Chevy Chase" to trend on Twitter that evening.[4] To people who were not aware of Politico's tweet, this gave off the impression that something had happened to the actor. Many tweets from the evening came from people discovering why Chevy Chase was trending and expressing gratitude nothing bad happened to him. For example, user @icoolcam101[5] posted a video of a clown, expressing how he felt thinking Chase had died, gaining over 440 retweets and 2,500 likes (shown below, left). User @gimili101[6] tweeted a GIF of Denzel Washington expressing relief, gaining over 70 retweets and 950 likes (shown below, right).


cameron grant @iCoolCam101 How I looked when Twitter made me think that Chevy Chase died 0:07 3M views From Cameron Grant 12:00 AM · Feb 12, 2020 · Twitter for iPhone Gimili101 @Gimili101 Was I only one who clicked on the Chevy Chase trend and expected this? GIF 11:58 PM · Feb 11, 2020 · Twitter Web App

Chase himself responded to his name trending, writing, "Frankly, I also won NY, RI, FL and Canada. Can't blame you if you don't know; nobody seemed interested in publishing it."[7]


Chevy Chase @ChevyChaseToGo Frankly, I also won NY, RI, FL and Canada. Can't blame you if you don't know; nobody seemed interested in publishing it. er This 'Bernie Sanders' illustration really looks like Chevy Chase Feel the Chase. An illustration of the Vermont senator tweeted by Politico created a serious case of mistaken identity Tuesday night – as readers ... S nypost.com 10:44 AM · Feb 12, 2020 · Twitter for iPhone

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OurRev305 #BernieSuperPackNotPAC @OurRev305 OUR REVOLUTION OurRev305 | Miami Does Politico think Chevy Chase won the New Hampshire primary? SANDERS WINS New Hampshire PRIMARY ILLUSTRATION BY MICHAEL HOEWELER 2020 ELECTION RESULTS 11:41 PM · Feb 11, 2020 · Twitter for iPhone Matt Rappaport @nyactor Chevy Chase is fine... until he finds out that he is running for PRESIDENT! ReactionGIF.org GIF cameron grant @iCoolCam101 Me rolling up on Twitter to see why Chevy Chase is trending. 0:04 135.6K views From Cameron Grant Panasonic Corporate Event @andyateacrayon they say the cartoon drawing adds 15 pounds and makes you look like Chevy Chase SANDERS WINS New Hampshire PRIMARY ILLUSTRATION BY MICHAEL HOEWELER 2020 ELECTION RESULTS 11:39 PM · Feb 11, 2020 · Twitter Web App Holly Figueroa O'Reilly @AynRandPaulRyan Are we sure that #BernieWonNH? Because Politico seems to think that Chevy Chase won. #beingliberalmeans #WednesdayWisdom POLITICO O Follow POLITICO @politico Breaking: Bernie Sanders has won the New Hampshire primary, scoring a big shot of momentum in the Democratic presidential race after last week's messy lowa results politi.co/37lhY6N #NHprimary2020 SANDERS WINS New Hampshire PRIMARY 2020 8:07 PM - 11 Feb 2020 1,713 Retweets 6,754 Likes Outspoken Marc @MARCANDERSONNWO How funny this is why Chevy Chase is trending on twitter lol. OurRev305 #BernieSuperPackNotPAC @OurRev305 · 16h OUR Does Politico think Chevy Chase won the New Hampshire primary? SANDERS WINS New Hampshire PRIMARY ILLUSTRATION B MCHAEL HOEWELER ELECTION

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