In a belated show of party solidarity, former presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders finally endorsed presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton on Tuesday, saying it was critical for the Democrats to come together and defeat Republican presidential hopeful (and resident hatemonger) Donald Trump.
To bid the Vermont senator a well-deserved adieu, “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” hosted its customary “Hunger Games”-inspired segment, “Hungry for Power Games,” to reflect on Sanders’ drawn-out time in the 2016 presidential race.
After calling him the “bravest tribute of all” and praising him for “pretending not to be dead for months,” host Stephen Colbert compared Sanders’ endorsement of Clinton to Ned Stark’s endorsement of Joffrey Baratheon as “the one true heir to the iron throne” on “Game of Thrones.”
Showing the viewers a snippet of Lord Stark’s tragic future in the hit HBO show, the comedian encouraged Sanders to duck if the need arises.
“Bernie Sanders became popular with his platform of giving everyone everything they want… Soon he was filling stadiums! He was like the Rolling Stones, only younger,” the host continued, recalling the time when the Vermont Sen. announced his presidency during lunch break to a handful of people who thought he was “doing tai chi in the park.”
Sanders’ bid for the Oval Office was only aired on C-SPAN 3.
“In the end, he received over 12 million votes and won 22 states. And he stayed in the race so long after being mathematically eliminated he also won the state of denial,” Colbert added jokingly. “Farewell, Bernie! No one else expressed the frustrations of so many Americans without blaming it on Mexicans or Muslims.”
Watch the video above for Colbert’s goodbye to Bernie Sanders (and to see him eat the senator’s name spelled out in caviar on a silver platter).