CLEVELAND — Gov. Nikki Haley made a surprise appearance Monday inside the Quicken Loans Arena in a video shown on the jumbo screen.
But the footage was outdated. GOP organizers showed Haley from a 2013 Republican Governors Association shot.
Haley’s office confirms she was told in advance the segment would be aired. Otherwise, Haley is not scheduled to speak at the convention as part of the fallout from her differences with presumptive nominee Donald Trump.
Haley will be in Cleveland on Wednesday, including to address the South Carolina delegation.
Charleston-raised comedian Stephen Colbert had to make a splash. A video posted online shows the “Late Show” host taking over the microphone on stage in Cleveland in a “Hunger Games”-themed prank, The Associated Press reported.
The video shows Colbert behind the podium saying it’s his honor “to hereby launch and begin the 2016 Republican hungry for power games” and banging a gavel. A man who appears to be security then confronts Colbert, who says “I know I’m not supposed to be up here, but let’s be honest, neither is Donald Trump” before being led off stage.
Colbert dressed like “Hunger Games” emcee Caesar Flickerman for the spoof, complete with a blue wig.
He’s worn the same getup on his show in a recurring bit about the presidential campaign.
Some S.C. Republicans are coming around to Donald Trump later in the game. One of these Republicans is state Rep. Alan Clemmons, R-Myrtle Beach, who said he really only got excited about Trump within “the last 10 days.”
Clemmons was a member of the Republican National Convention Platform Committee, where he helped overhaul a major change in the party’s position on Israel. “I have come to realize that Mr. Trump, with regard to the security of the United States and with regard to the security of the United States’ best ally, Israel, we are on the same page philosophically,” Clemmons, sporting a lapel pin featuring an American and Israeli flag, said Monday.
Clemmons said he had a chance to work directly with Trump and his senior advisers to draft the change to the party platform with regards to Israel, removing reference to a two-state solution and affirming the United States’ unequivocal support for Israel in peace negotiations with neighboring regions.
U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., spoke to the South Carolina delegation breakfast. He made some jokes about his haircut during Army basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C., and about other South Carolina lawmakers.
But Cotton, who is eyeing a presidential run in 2020, spoke mainly about national and global security.
He slammed Democrats for preparing to nominate a candidate — Hillary Clinton — he says should have been indicted. He referenced current events, saying “racist cop-killers have assassinated police officers of different races as they try to keep our families, and our communities, safe.”
Cotton left without taking questions from South Carolina press members.
South Carolina. GOP Chairman Matt Moore said afterward that Cotton’s appearance is part of foundation-building. “Sen. Cotton is looking to make friends in South Carolina,” he said, pointing to the Palmetto State as the third presidential primary election in the selection sequence, as well as the “first in the South.”
The S.C. delegation started Monday morning with a buffet breakfast of eggs, potatoes and pastries.
Emma Dumain is The Post and Courier’s Washington correspondent.