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VIDEO: Bernie and the Bird

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Bernie Sanders didn’t flinch when he was interrupted by a finch — and the crowd went bonkers.

It’s been a good few days for the Vermont senator and thorn in Hillary Clinton’s side. On Saturday, he trounced the former secretary of state in Democratic nominating contests in Washington state, Hawaii, and Alaska.

And on Friday, at a packed campaign stop in Portland, Oregon, Sanders got a social media gift that keeps on giving: In the middle of his speech, a sparrow alighted onto the stage and then the lecturn.

It was a showstopper for the Jewish presidential hopeful, and videos of the spellbinding moment have gone viral. Even Sanders’ campaign has posted it on YouTube.

Sanders’ reaction played perfect to his left-of-center fans.

“I think, I think there may be some symbolism here,” he declared. “I know it doesn’t look like it, but that bird is really a dove asking us for world peace.”

“No more wars!”

The Sanders faithful ate it up.

VIDEO: Bernie and the Bird


John A. Oswald

John A. Oswald

John Oswald is The Forward’s deputy digital media editor.

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