Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersStudy: Test detects signs of dementia at least six months earlier than standard method The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Omicron tests vaccines; Bob Dole dies at 98 Democrats see Christmas goal slipping away MORE (I-Vt.) is defending his casual inaugural attire that quickly became a viral sensation, saying he was aiming more for warmth than "good fashion."

The former presidential candidate was snapped Wednesday at President BidenJoe BidenMan sentenced to nearly four years for running scam Trump, Biden PACs Dole in final column: 'Too many of us have sacrificed too much' Meadows says Trump's blood oxygen level was dangerously low when he had COVID-19 MORE's inauguration looking ready for some wintry weather, sporting a gray parka and a pair of sizable, repurposed wool mittens reportedly crafted in his home state. He was also seen holding a mailing envelope.

"In Vermont, we know something about the cold," Sanders said in an interview with CBS News's Gayle KingGayle KingR. Kelly accuser tells Gayle King their interview was a wake-up call Nate Burleson makes leap from football to news with 'CBS Mornings' Witness says R. Kelly kept watch over girlfriends during Gayle King interview MORE following the inauguration, "and we're not so concerned about good fashion."


"We want to keep warm. And that's what I did today," Sanders added.

"Mission accomplished," replied King with a laugh.

Twitter users had jumped on Sanders's relaxed inaugural look, with their own hot takes about his cold weather style and his apparently laid-back approach to the formal event.

Sanders, 79, scolded a New York Times reporter in 2015 when asked about part of his appearance. When questioned whether then-fellow Democratic presidential candidate Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRepublican Ohio Senate candidate slams JD Vance over previous Trump comments Budowsky: Why GOP donors flock to Manchin and Sinema Countering the ongoing Republican delusion MORE's hair garnered more scrutiny than his own, he replied, "When the media worries about what Hillary’s hair looks like or what my hair looks like, that’s a real problem."