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.
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.
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
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