Elizabeth Warren has shaken a lot of hands on the campaign trail, but on Monday she shook hands with — herself?
The 2020 presidential candidate met her doppelgänger at a rally in St. Paul, Minn., the Star Tribune reported. The lookalike, Stephanie Oyen, showed up to the event wearing a blue blazer and clear glasses — an outfit she said she'd previously used as an Elizabeth Warren Halloween costume.
Oyen, who is a similar height as Warren and also has short, blonde hair, believed her getup would come off as a joke. However, upon arriving at the rally, she quickly realized how much other people actually thought resembled the Massachusetts senator.
"I thought it would get some giggles," Oyen told the Star Tribune. "Then people started yelling, 'Senator Warren!' People were clapping and running up to me to take photos. I kept saying 'I’m not her!' but I looked up and hundreds of people were staring at me."
This is freaking me out, man https://t.co/UGXZ2eySJJ— Zach Montellaro (@ZachMontellaro) August 20, 2019
Oyen said things only got worse when she tried to explain herself.
"It got weird very fast. I talk with my hands and shake my head, which only made me look more like Elizabeth Warren," Oyen told the Star Tribune. "I was saying 'I’m not her!' but I could have been saying ‘Medicare for all!'"
The 50-year-old Edina, Minn., resident, who is an avid Warren supporter, said she eventually got so embarrassed she "hid behind a tall guy." She felt so bad for causing confusion that she ended up taking off her costume.
But then Oyen had a change of heart. She put the blazer and glasses back on while waiting in line for a photo with Warren, quickly drawing the Democratic candidate's attention.
"She looked me up and down and said, 'We need to talk!'" Oyen told the Boston Globe. "I couldn’t tell if she knew I was dressed as her — it was moving very fast."
The photo of the two women quickly went viral on social media, sparking jokes and legitimate confusion from many users.
I really can’t tell you which one is her... https://t.co/UGcoroMJ5v— Dae Dae (@Thanosfngersnap) August 21, 2019
Warren even weighed in on the moment herself, tweeting that, "It would've been even better if she’d brought her own Bailey!" a reference to the senator's internet-famous dog.
It would've been even better if she’d brought her own Bailey! https://t.co/nD4k7YCu5u— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) August 21, 2019
The rally, held at Macalester College, was the most heavily attended event of Warren's campaign so far, with an estimated 12,000 people in attendance. The 2020 presidential hopeful is currently polling in the top four among Democrats, with some polls placing her in second behind former Vice President Joe Biden.
For Oyen, the now-viral encounter was mostly just a chance to speak with her favorite candidate in person.
"Everyone laughed, and we took a picture, and then someone called me back for more pictures — I think her staffers might have wanted a picture,” Oyen told the Boston Globe. "Then at least I was able to say how much I admired her."
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