In an impassioned speech Thursday from the Senate floor, Bernie Sanders gave a long list of reasons for why the pandemic must be defeated, but it was one in particular that caught the ears of many on social media.
The elder, Jewish lawmaker with seven grandchildren lamented how the social distancing rules required as a result of the coronavirus have prevented young people from dating for over a year.
“You got young people, who want to go to school, who want to socialize, want to date … they’ve been unable to do that … and that has resulted in a very sharp increase in mental illness in this country,” Sanders said, stumping in favor of the Democrats’ pandemic relief legislation that also addresses the growing mental health crisis.
While the Vermont senator spoke in complete seriousness, highlighting a real issue, many on social media were humored by the message, with some joking that like every other elderly Jewish person, he just wanted more grandchildren.
Zaidy is right. Shidduchim is a cornerstone of society https://t.co/MPf2FDu9wJ
— Jacob Kornbluh (@jacobkornbluh) March 5, 2021
if you ever doubted that bernie sanders was like any other jewish dad who wants more grandkids https://t.co/8CmSW0J6XB
— Rebecca Caplan (@NotThatReba) March 5, 2021
this blessed man has gotten me laid so many times https://t.co/5nDnE5BR0z
— Kate Willett (@katewillett) March 5, 2021
Make America Date Again https://t.co/3gdpnLAhVq
— Josh Peterson (@joshtweeterson) March 5, 2021
Bernie Sanders my mom
concerned with my dating life https://t.co/mjzjxobKvD
— Natalia Alamdari (@nataliaalamdari) March 5, 2021