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Middle Seat Man is the first good meme of the 2020 election

Well, this is awkward.


Andrew Wyrich


Posted on Jun 21, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 10:06 am CDT

A photo snapped of 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) sitting in adjacent rows on a flight to Miami has become the first good meme of 2020.

The photo, posted by Steve Clemons of The Hill, shows Sanders sitting in a window seat on a plane, Warren sitting in the same seat one row behind him, and a person sitting in the middle seat next to the Vermont senator not looking thrilled about the situation.

Soon enough “Middle Seat Guy” became a meme, with everyone joking about his apparent unenthusiastic feelings about being caught in the photo.

Many people believed his expression was indicative of everyone’s feelings heading into what is sure to be a never-ending, exhausting, 2020 cycle.





But there were also quips about the situation in general.


Both Warren and Sanders will be participating in the first Democratic 2020 primary debates next week, although, because of the amount of candidates, they will be speaking on separate days.

The debates will take place on Wednesday and Thursday next week.


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*First Published: Jun 21, 2019, 3:08 pm CDT