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Today marks the start of the Republican National Convention, but yesterday Stephen Colbert stormed to the stage in Cleveland, in full makeup, to gavel in the beginning of another brutal ritual: the Hungry for Power Games.

Chances are that if you’ve watched late-night television or visited YouTube any time during the past six months, you’ve seen the Late Show host’s ongoing series on the presidential race — a parody of The Hunger Games‘ violet-haired master of ceremonies, Caesar Flickerman.

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Since February, Colbert has commemorated each White House hopeful as they have dropped out of the race with champagne toasts, backhanded compliments, and faux eulogies. Just last week, he bid farewell to Bernie Sanders by eating a plate of caviar that spelled his name.

For the next two weeks, The Late Show will broadcast live during both the Republican and the Democratic conventions, featuring a variety of guests including Jon Stewart, Elizabeth Warren, and documentary star Anthony Weiner. And although Colbert will broadcast from the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York, he still managed to visit Cleveland in full Flickerman garb.

At the end of his appearance on the Cleveland stage, a security guard rushed to usher him away. Colbert stood his ground: “Look, I know I’m not supposed to be up here. But to be honest, neither is Donald Trump!”

Photo: Twitter/Brad Mielke

Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons and one novel. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.