Late Show Television

Stephen Colbert rings in the 2016 Republican National Hungry for Power Games

"North Carolina has staged themselves strategically next to the bathrooms, so they can check everyone's genitalia before they—you know—cast their ballots, shall we say?"

Before he brought back his Colbert Report persona in one of the most welcome surprises of the 2016 election cycle, Stephen Colbert went to Cleveland and gained a little too much access to the Republican National Convention stage.

Dressed in his Julius Flickerman costume and holding his stuffed ferret, Caligula, Colbert announced the beginning of the Republican National Hungry for Power Games at the Quicken Loans Arena, “named for a money lender, so you know it’s ruthless.”

The GOP definitely gave Colbert more access than they should have, because the host took full advantage, gallivanting around the arena, interrupting news reporters, and proudly making fun of politicians.

He pointed out that Chris Christie was given a front row seat to get the “best possible view of the end of his career.” He also reported that “North Carolina has staged themselves strategically next to the bathrooms, so they can check everyone’s genitalia before they, you know, cast their ballots, shall we say?”

Colbert then stormed the stage for his big finish.

“This week, in this arena, the Republicans shall prove they’re truly passionate about one candidate: Hillary Clinton,” he said. “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.” Colbert blacked out at the mention of Pence’s name, but awoke just in time to bang a gavel and be escorted off the stage.

“I know I’m not supposed to be up here, but let’s be honest, neither is Donald Trump.”

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