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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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