Actor and director Elizabeth Banks hosted the primetime portion of the Democratic National Convention‘s second night, where she opened with her best Donald Trump impression: entering in front of a giant, white backlight, shrouded by a fog machine, to Queen’s “We Are The Champions,” just like the GOP nominee did last week in Cleveland. “The Trump campaign is so hard up for money, I just bought that fog machine on eBay for 30 bucks,” Banks joked, trying to rally a crowd that remained mostly muted until former Attorney General Eric Holder took the stage shortly after she left.
Though Banks has starred in a litany of film and television projects, her colorful role as Effie Trinket in the Hunger Games franchise was the inspiration for the night’s best joke. “I play a cruel, out-of-touch reality TV star who wears insane wigs while delivering longwinded speeches to a violent dystopia,” she said. “So when I tuned into Cleveland last week I was like, ‘Uh, hey, that’s my act!'” Her joke was received with a smattering of applause.
Banks went on to call Hillary Clinton “a smart, committed, successful woman — and not for own benefit, but a fighter for women and children, cops and first responders, healthcare and girls around the world.”