Stephen Colbert's Hunger Games alter ego tries to gavel in 'Republican Hungry for Power Games'

Stephen Colbert tries to gavel in the Republican National Convention
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For some reason, Republican National Convention organizers let Stephen Colbert into Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena — "named for a money lender, so you know it's ruthless," Colbert said on Monday's Late Show — in costume as Hunger Games emcee Caesar Flickerman, and Colbert made the most of his access. He heckled NBC's Chuck Todd, interrupted a telecast from a Telemundo anchor, and ridiculed Chris Christie, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Preibus, and convention chairman Paul Ryan, the House speaker. Then he made his big move. "There was only one thing left to do, and only one place I was not supposed to do it," Colbert's Flickerman said in a voiceover as he walked up on stage.

"This week, in this arena, the Republicans shall prove they're truly passionate about one candidate: Hillary Clinton," he said into the microphone at the dais, to a mostly empty arena. "They will do anything to stop her, up to and including nominating Donald J. Jonah Jameson Trump. But Tribute Trump will not enter the arena alone. He has formed an alliance with Indiana Gov. Mike Pence." He immediately pretended to fall asleep, and that dig at Pence may have been the final straw, because as he reached for the gavel to launch the "Republican Hungry for Power Games," a security guard came up and ushered him off the stage. Colbert got in one last dig: "I know I'm not supposed to be up here, but let's be honest: Neither is Donald Trump." Watch below. Peter Weber

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Peter Weber

Peter Weber is a senior editor at, and has handled the editorial night shift since the website launched in 2008. A graduate of Northwestern University, Peter has worked at Facts on File and The New York Times Magazine. He speaks Spanish and Italian and plays bass and rhythm cello in an Austin rock band. Follow him on Twitter.