Elizabeth Banks lampooned Donald Trump during her speech at the Democratic National Convention Tuesday, taking the stage in a cloud of fog while Queen’s “We Are the Champions” blared over the speakers.
The actress and director gave herself a slow clap as she meandered to the podium and deadpanned, “You know, I don’t usually say this about Donald Trump, but that was over the top.” Banks then joked about purchasing her fog machine from the cash-strapped Trump campaign on eBay for $30, and compared her egomaniacal, wig-wearing Hunger Games character, Effie Trinket, to the Republican nominee.
Elsewhere in her speech, Banks discussed her humble upbringing in Massachusetts, as well as a pivotal date she and her future-husband, Max Handelman, went on to a 1992 Bill Clinton rally. “It was there that I learned something really important about show business,” Banks recalled. “The headliner should always watch out for someone stealing the show. Hillary Clinton rocked my world. A smart, committed, successful woman, and not for her own benefit, but a fighter for women and children, cops and first responders, health care and girls around the world.”
As for the opening gag, however, Queen has yet to respond to a request for comment about Banks’ use of “We Are the Champions.” The band slammed Trump for once again using the song without permission at the RNC, and it is unclear if Banks or the DNC got the OK from Queen.
Guitarist Brian May wrote on his website after Trump first used the song without permission, “Regardless of our views on Mr. Trump’s platform, it has always been against our policy to allow Queen music to be used as a political campaigning tool.”
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