On Monday, the Republican National Committee (RNC) sent out an email that is creating waves, as it included a meme of Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-Vt.) wife, Jane, in jail.

Jane Sanders is being investigated for bank fraud. As the grand jury is now hearing from witnesses in the case, the RNC email included an update about the case and featured a post from a Vermont-based blogger, VTDigger – who reported in 2016 that Jane Sanders had not been transparent about the amount of donations a Vermont college had received.

Bernie and Jane Sanders have hired two D.C.-based lawyers to represent them, as prosecutors collected more than a dozen boxes of documents from Burlington College, and made contact with a half a dozen-or-so people in the probe.

The RNC email began with the subject line “jane in jail??”

The Hill reports:

The email also shows an image of Jane Sanders behind bars, alongside a ‘Bernie 2020’ logo and question marks.

‘To recap: The Obama Justice Department launched a federal probe into allegations that Jane committed bank fraud while she was president of the now-defunct Burlington College, and that Bernie used his official office to grease the wheels on a loan,’ the email reads.”

Response was swift, as some in the mainstream media took offense and slammed the RNC for the meme.

Senior Social Media Editor for Daily Kos, Jennifer Hayden, tweeted: “RNC sent out an image of Jane Sanders behind bars. These old white men just really love the idea of locking women up.”

CNN’s Jake Tapper also posted a tweet about the email on Monday, including a screen shot of the RNC communication.


Others, like Newsweek and New York Magazine, have reported on the email as well (some examples can be found below).

Some have called it ironic that the story is getting such wide coverage, as the case against Jane Sanders has been largely ignored. Yet as the media seeks to call out the RNC for their “offense,” they are bringing attention to the the charges against Sen. Sander’s wife.


The following tweets reference the fact that it took the RNC email to get the case into the headlines.