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Joaquin Castro volunteers to play his brother on ‘SNL’

Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) quipped Wednesday that he was available to play his brother, 2020 presidential candidate Julián Castro, on “Saturday Night Live” after the former Housing and Urban Development secretary’s campaign hit the NBC late-night show for not including him in a town hall sketch.

“Hi @nbcsnl, I’m available next time you need someone to play Julian Castro. I get mistaken for that guy all the time,” the Texas congressman tweeted of his identical twin.

Both Julián Castro’s presidential campaign and the advocacy group Latino Victory noted his absence in the season premiere of “SNL”, which featured host Woody Harrelson as former Vice President Joe Biden, regular cast member Kate McKinnon as Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and returning favorites Maya Rudolph as Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Larry David as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

“The erasure of Secretary @JulianCastro, the only Latino running for president, by SNL is completely unacceptable. Now more than ever, representation matters,” Latino Victory tweeted Monday. Julián Castro’s press secretary, Sawyer Hackett, also knocked the candidate’s exclusion, tweeting, “Could you not find a Latino actor to play @JulianCastro?”

Julián Castro was not the only 2020 Democrat missing from the town hall sketch, which also failed to include Sen. Amy Klobuchar (Minn.) and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (Hawaii).

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