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These Twitter Memes Should Help You Tell The Castro Twins Apart From Now On

Presidential hopeful Julian Castro and his twin brother Representative Joaquin Castro were featured in the Washington Post’s TikTok video. Julian and Joaquin are no stranger to being mixed up for one another. Over the summer Joaquin even grew a beard to create a visual distinction between the two after reporters were left vexed when the brothers entered a media room wearing similar suits. 

The Washington Post’s TikTok has featured viral memes of presidential candidates before, including a video of Andrew Yang dancing, and Beto O’Rourke standing on a file cabinet in the office.

Like always Twitter took the premise of the hilarious video and ran with it. Users began using the image of Julian in a slick suit and Joaquin in a casual dad sweater to create some fun compare and contrast memes. 

Julian and Joaquin create TikTok to help people tell them apart.

In the video, Julian and Joaquin lipsync to the popular song “Who R U” by JUFU. The Washington Post’s Dave Jorgenson plays the role of the media as the twins explain to the public who is who in an airport. 

“Maybe this will help y’all tell us apart,” Castro said in his caption of the retweet of the video. 

“Yeah, I’m the one that can actually dance,” Joaquin responded. The media has confused the twins repeatedly. 

Naturally, Twitter began to meme a snapshot of the TikTok. 

Twitter being Twitter, pretty much the entire political world chimed in with a resounding yes and the meme floodgates were opened.

Some folks used the opportunity to use the image of a dapper Julian and a laidback Joaquin to compare their lifestyle choices. I’d say “Tapas vs. Barbacoa y big red,” is pretty accurate.

Another user labeled Julian “Mi Tierra” and Joaquin, “La Margarita.” 

Julian’s staffers join in on the meme fun.

Julian’s National Press Secretary Sawyer Hackett chimed in with “Day 1 on the campaign vs. Day 300.” The sentiment might be a little too real as Julian’s presidential campaign warned he may have to drop out of the race if he doesn’t raise $800,000 by October 31. 

“If I can’t raise $800,000 in the next 10 days — I will have no choice but to end my race for president,” Castro wrote in a fundraising email. “If I don’t meet this deadline, I won’t have the resources to keep my campaign running.”

However, Julian’s deputy press secretary Liza Acevedo had a bit more fun roasting the candidate saying, “You vs. The guy she tells you not to worry about.” 

This one was far too relatable for many many people.

Joaquin Castro grew a beard so people would stop confusing him for Julian. 

Just this month, the San Antonio Express newspaper confused Joaquin and Julian – in their own hometown. In the paper, Joaquin is credited for launching the opening of a building that actually came into fruition when Julian was mayor. The twins have always had a sense of humor about the constant confusion. 

“There you go again…always taking credit for my feats. Did you put @mySA up to it?” Julian tweeted in jest. 

Over the summer, Joaquin got fed up and decided to grow facial hair to end the confusion. 

“I hadn’t shaved in like three days and I decided I’d just grow the beard back – and it does help so that people don’t always think that I’m running for president,” Joaquin told reporters in Washington, D.C. according to USA Today

He said he encounters mixups every day just about everywhere except the Capitol where people recognize him as a congressman. 

“Like in the airport or somewhere else – on the streets” he said, adding that at first it was funny but, “then after that, it’s like, I’m not running for president!”

Joaquin’s beard does not seem to help end the confusion.

Joaquin’s tactic wasn’t too successful as there have been quite a few mixups since. In September, Joaquin called out MSNBC for using a photo of him to discuss Julian’s candidacy. 

“You guys know that’s actually me, right,” he said. “I grew a beard. Do I need a face tattoo?” 

This isn’t the first time a presidential candidate’s TikTok has gone viral.

The Washington Post’s presidential candidate TikTok with the most views was previously held by Andrew Yang with 1.9 million views. In a couple of days, the Castro twins’ reached over 2.1 million views. 

Another fan favorite included Beto O’Rourke giving one of his famous speeches — standing on a file cabinet in the office.

The joke is a reference to a meme early in his campaign where he was photographed speaking to constituents while standing on a table.

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Julián Castro Calls Out Republican Officials And Base For Enabling Trump Inciting Violence At Capitol

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Julián Castro Calls Out Republican Officials And Base For Enabling Trump Inciting Violence At Capitol

Americans are still trying to wrap their heads around the violence at the Capitol building on Jan. 6. Julián Castro is putting the blame for what happened directly on the Republican elected officials and base that emboldened President Donald Trump to speak the way he did.

Julián Castro is not mincing words about the language that led to the storm of the Capitol building.

Castro, the former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development for the Obama Administration, is speaking out against Republicans. Castro has been in politics with his twin brother Joaquin for years and understands the impact President Trump’s words have had. He is also not shying away from placing blame on those who enabled the president.

“I think they have different reasons [for not speaking against Trump],” Castro told Alicia Menendez, the host of “American Voices.” “For some of them, they are still trying to curry favor with Trump’s base. I put folks like Josh Hawley [R-Mo.] and Ted Cruz [R-Texas] and the other senators who continued to object to the certification of the election in that camp. Some of them also know that it would indict them. [Also] people like Mick Mulvaney, who stood by while Donald Trump was inciting hate and in some cases violence against immigrants, against other groups. So, they don’t want to face that themselves. Others truly hold the beliefs that Donald Trump holds, which are bigoted and racist.”

Castro has been raising the alarm about President Trump’s rhetoric.

In 2019, a man drove to El Paso, Texas with the sole purpose of shooting and killing as many Mexicans and Mexican-Americans as possible. The shooter, Patrick Crusius, killed 23 people and injured 23 more. A manifesto written by the shooter included a lot of the language pushed by President Trump.

According to the manifesto, the El Paso shooter wanted to stop the “Hispanic invasion of Texas.” President Trump had spent months telling supporters at rallies that there was an invasion of immigrants along the southern border.

“You referred to countries as shitholes. You urged American Congresswomen to ‘go back’ to where they came from. You called immigrants rapists,” Castro said in the ad. “As we saw in El Paso, Americans were killed because you stoked the fire of racists. Innocent people were shot down because they look different from you. Because they look like me. They look like my family. Words have consequences. Ya basta.”

The riot really puts the video of Trump supporters trying to run a Biden bus off the road in another light.

During the 2020 campaign cycle, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris was going to an event in Texas. While on the freeway, a cluster of Trump supporters started to try to run the campaign bus off of the road. One of the campaign workers car was sideswiped during the incident that drew criticism from some.

Meanwhile, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., celebrated the caravan of aggressive Trump supporters. During a rally in Opa-locka, Florida, Sen. Rubio could barely contain his excitement over the video.

“I saw yesterday a video of these people in Texas,” Rubio told a largely maskless rally in Florida. “Did you see it? All the cars on the road, we love what they did.”

After the attack on the Capitol, Sen. Rubio quickly changed his tune about the mob President Trump has incited to violence. Though, he still made excuses for some as only Sen. Rubio can do when it comes to hedging his bets to protect his political career.

“It’s something else as well to see that for some of these politicians, they had to feel personally in danger, personally in danger themselves, before they could see clearly,” Castro said in the interview. “You expect more from people in a position of public trust than that. I guess, at the end of the day, it’s better late than never. It’s also still clear that a lot of those Republicans, both elected officials and the Republican base, still will not hold Donald Trump to account for everything that he has done. To me, what that means, is that the Republican Party as we know it should not exist as a party. It needs a fundamental transformation or a different party.”

READ: Julián Castro Is Bringing Back His ‘Adiós Trump’ Shirts To Raise Money For Dreamers

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Lawmakers Want To Include ‘Selena’ In The National Film Registry

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Lawmakers Want To Include ‘Selena’ In The National Film Registry

“Selena” is one of the most influential and impactful movies of our generation. We all remember watching Jennifer Lopez embody the Tejana queen of music. The 1997 biopic is a classic and there is finally talk of including it in the National Film Registry.

“Selena” is one of the most impactful movies of our childhoods.

The 1997 movie was something that we watched over and over when we were younger. We sang the songs and basically learned all of the lines of this movie. It is arguably one of the first times we saw our culture and one of our icons’ stories told for the masses.

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus is pushing for “Selena” to officially be recognized.

Movies are a crucial part of telling the full story of American life. The National Film Registry is a list of movies that are honored for their cultural impact. “Real Women Have Curves,” “West Side Story,” and “Zoot Suit” are all part of the National Film Registry. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, is the chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and wrote a letter asking for the consideration of “Selena.”

“As a next step, we also wish to formally nominate the 1997 film ‘Selena’ for inclusion in the National Film Registry in 2021,” reads the letter. “Directed by Gregory Nava and starring Jennifer Lopez and Edward James Olmos, the film depicts the life, remarkable rise, and tragic death of Tejana music star Selena Quintanilla.”

There is a lot of hope that the Library of Congress will make this happen.

Selena represents that first major and successful jumps from the Latino market to the mainstream that many of us can remember. We finally had someone who looked like us and understood our cultural struggles in a real way. Our story was being told and the film about the music icon was so important in guiding some of us through our own cultural struggles.

“The film also touches on important themes of cultural identity and assimilation faced by Mexican American communities as they navigate their personal connections to two cultures and languages,” the letter continues to explain. “The film has become a beloved icon of Latino culture and has found widespread mainstream success, proving once and for all that Latino stories are American stories.”

Selena is the kind of cultural phenomenon that comes once in a lifetime.

The singer was able to build an impressive legacy that has endured for longer than she was alive. We were raised with her music and told her story over and over to keep us all tuned in to the fact that we could do anything. If Selena could break into the mainstream audience, we could all be that successful.

“Given its importance as a work of Latino cinema, we believe it is deserving of preservation at the Library of Congress. We trust you will give ‘Selena’ careful consideration, and hope to see it included in the titles added to the National Film Registry in 2021,” Rep. Castro further explains in the letter. “We also expect to identify other films which feature the American Latino experience and urge you to devote careful consideration to Latino films when considering films for the registry as well.”

Here’s hoping that “Selena” gets the official recognition it clearly deserves.

We all have our fingers crossed that this movie will earn its place in the National Film Registry because it deserves that kind of praise.

READ: Part 2 Of “Selena: The Series” Has Already Finished Filming And Here’s Everything We Know About The Next Season

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