Elizabeth Banks Hosts DNC Day 2, Mocks Donald Trump’s RNC Entrance
Elizabeth Banks, the Hollywood actress and director, was tasked with hosting Day 2 of the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia Tuesday – and wasted no time in getting in a few digs at Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Elizabeth Banks At The DNC
Banks entered the stage at the DNC to the tune of Queen’s “We Are the Champions,” mocking Trump’s theatrical entrance at the RNC, which included a fog machine and dramatic lighting to show him in silhouette. As Banks walked towards the front of the stage – as when Trump approached his mic at the RNC – the podium and teleprompters rose up to greet her.
“You know, I don’t usually say this about Donald Trump, but that was over the top. I confirmed it just now,” Banks joked. “The Trump campaign is so hard up for money, I just bought that fog machine on eBay for $30.”
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Banks went on to draw comparisons between Trump and her outrageous character in The Hunger Games franchise.
“Some of you know me from The Hunger Games, in which I play Effie Trinket ― a cruel, out-of-touch reality TV star who wears insane wigs while delivering long-winded speeches to a violent dystopia,” Banks joked. “So when I tuned in to Cleveland last week, I was like, ‘Uh, hey ― that’s my act!’”
After her opening quips, Banks’ speech went in a more serious direction, with the Pitch Perfect 2 director revealing that she’s been a big Hillary Clinton fan since back in 1992, when she heard her speak at a rally for Bill Clinton in 1992 with her future husband, Max Handelman
“I’ll never forget that day in 1992, when we went on a big, romantic date — a rally for Bill Clinton. There, I learned something really important about show business: the headliner should always watch out for someone stealing the show,” Banks said. “Hillary Clinton rocked my world. In my eyes, she was, as the saying goes, the better half. Sorry, Bill.
Banks concluded her speech with a strong endorsement of Clinton: “Did you know that when Hillary Clinton graduated law school, she didn’t just sell out and work for some fancy law firm? She went to work advocating for children and families. It was one of her first fights and since then, she has never let up. Hillary knows that when you fight for our kids, you are fighting for our future, and that is why I’m with her.”