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Leave Bernie Sanders and his unwashed clothes alone!

TABLOIDS OUT; NO BOOK PUBLISHING WITHOUT PRIOR APPROVAL,; NO ARCHIVE; NO RESALE.Lou Rocco/ABC

Here’s Sanders on “The View” on Wednesday morning. No one seems to mind his unwashed clothes.

He has no loyalty to Big Money — so why should he bow down to Big Blazer?

Bernie Sanders came under scrutiny on Wednesday when he showed up for some TV interviews and breakfast with Al Sharpton wearing the same clothes as when he celebrated his landslide victory in New Hampshire the night before.

Tongues were wagging — and, more accurately, noses were pinched — at the suggestion that the surging Socialist should be more fastidious.

But something smells here — and it’s not Sanders.

Here’s Sanders celebrating in New Hampshire on Tuesday night. CJ GUNTHER/EPA

Here’s Sanders celebrating in New Hampshire on Tuesday night.

Enlarge Here’s Sanders on “The View” on Wednesday morning. Lou Rocco/ABC

Here’s Sanders on “The View” on Wednesday morning.

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Here’s Sanders celebrating in New Hampshire on Tuesday night (left) and in the same outfit the next day.

Of course, the “experts” will tell you that sport coats should be regularly dry cleaned. They’ll say that clothing gets “dirty” or “soiled” from regular use. They’ll opine that if someone is running for president he or she should look “presidential.”

“He’s on the biggest stage in the world,” fashion designer Isaiah Garza told me, “and when you’re in that position, you should have a team of people who handle your garments.”

A team? Judging by Sanders’ campaign events, I’m guessing his “team” consists of a bus driver, a guy who gets him a sandwich, and an elderly aunt who says, “Good luck, sweetie” as Sanders trundles to his next event. (Indeed, no one from the Sanders campaign got back to me about Suitgate.)

Here’s Sanders on Wednesday, Feb. 3 in New Hampshire. John Minchillo/AP

Here’s Sanders on Wednesday, Feb. 3 in New Hampshire.

Enlarge He apparently wore the same thing two days earlier. RICK WILKING/REUTERS

He apparently wore the same thing two days earlier.

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Here’s Sanders on Wednesday, Feb. 3 in New Hampshire (left) and in the same garb two days earlier.

And that’s just the point: Sanders’ medium is his message. If he goes all Brooks Brothers on us, suddenly he starts looking like the Wall Street fat cats he’s always railing against.

(Point of information: Even Brooks Brothers’ website warns customers against over-aggressive cleaning, saying excessive or careless dry cleaning can cause suit fibers “to actually melt.” So there!)

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Jeb Bush was spotted Sunday at a rally in New Hampshire sporting shoes held together with a piece of tape.

And Sanders is not the only candidate to realize the potential of being fashion backward. Jeb Bush showed up at a New Hampshire event Sunday with a shoe held together with duct tape — and then his campaign suddenly surged.

And Marco Rubio started his own rise towards the front of the pack when he began showing off those cheap Florsheim high-heel boots.

So as far as this crumpled Brooklynite is concerned, the only Sanders who should worry about pristine garments is Colonel Sanders, not Bernie Sanders.

gkuntzman@nydailynews.com

Lifestyle – NY Daily News

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