Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) got an unexpected endorsement at his rally in Portland, Oregon, on Friday—from a small, adorable bird.
The Democratic presidential hopeful appeared to notice the feathered fellow near his feet on the stage, as did a very tickled crowd. But the bird kicked this bit of political theater up a notch by then leaping onto Sanders’s podium, at which point the audience went wild.
— Arun Chaudhary (@ArunChaud) March 25, 2016
People flip out over bird joining Bernie at the lectern. pic.twitter.com/KKptU17mDF
— POLITICO (@politico) March 25, 2016
“I think that maybe there may be some symbolism here,” Sanders said, according to Politico. “I know it doesn’t look like it but that bird is really a dove asking us for world peace.” (Or maybe it had presidential ambitions of its own?)
In any event, the hashtag #BirdieSanders—and related memes—weren’t far behind.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) March 25, 2016
— Portlandia (@portlandia) March 25, 2016
— Lucy Small (@lucyleid) March 25, 2016
— Dr. Alison Spalding (@AlisonSpalding2) March 25, 2016
— sspoungebooi (@crunchiebobbie) March 25, 2016
— Kimberly Barmore (@kbarmore5) March 25, 2016
— Expats4OurRevolution (@CitzAbroad4Bern) March 25, 2016
It took a bird landing on his podium for media to realize Bernie Sanders is still in the race. #BirdieSanders
— Ted Alexandro (@tedalexandro) March 25, 2016
— Ｋ Ａ Ｒ Ｐ Ｏ Ｕ Ｒ カンガルー (@karpour) March 25, 2016
Sanders isn’t the most hawkish candidate on national security, but if nothing else, he has the support of the Air Force.
Screengrab via @portlandia/Twitter