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Sanders prints out a giant poster of a Trump tweet and inspires countless memes

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, to deliver over million petition signatures demanding that President-elect Donald Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell "keep their hands off the American people's earned Medicare benefits."
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, to deliver over million petition signatures demanding that President-elect Donald Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell "keep their hands off the American people's earned Medicare benefits." AP

People have done some very odd things on the floor of the U.S. Senate. Ted Cruz read Dr. Seuss’s “Green Eggs and Ham” once. James Inhofe threw a snowball to disprove climate change. Christopher Murphy used a famous internet emoticon to blast his opponents.

Yet even by that high standard, Bernie Sanders did something while speaking Wednesday that might just be a first in Senate history: He printed out a very large poster with a tweet from President-elect Donald Trump.

Sanders’s point was that the Senate should not vote to cut social welfare programs like Medicare and Medicaid, one of the few points on which he and Trump agree.

But in doing so, he also gave social media users a broad canvas on which to express their sarcasm. Accordingly, the internet obliged.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders signaled that he'd be willing to work with President-elect Donald Trump on a few issues for working Americans during a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor on Nov. 17, 2016.

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