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The tale of Bernie and the bird

Bernie Sanders smiled as a bird landed on his podium at a Portland, Oregon rally.Steve Dykes/Associated Press

The star of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ Portland, Oregon rally wasn’t the Vermont senator.

A bird flew onto Sanders’ podium during his speech. The crowd went nuts.

Sanders thought the interruption was symbolic.

“I know it doesn’t look like it, but that bird is really a dove asking us for world peace,” Sanders said. “No more wars.”

Soon thereafter, #BirdieSanders was trending on Twitter:

Sanders will face Hillary Clinton in caucuses in Alaska, Hawaii, and Washington state on Saturday.