RNC in Cleveland Day One


The Republican National Convention officially started yesterday in Cleveland, Ohio. There were several peaceful protests for and against Donald Trump, with only a small confrontation between anti GOP protesters and Donald Trump supporters.

I am staying in Cleveland until Thursday, then I’m headed to Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention. I should be posting after everyday here and on my social media accounts.

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A man open carries a rifle in Public Square in Downtown Cleveland on July 18, 2016.

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A man open carries a rifle in Public Square in Downtown Cleveland on July 18, 2016.

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Protesters hold an Anti Trump rally at Mall A in downtown Cleveland on July 16, 2016.

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Code Pink protesters at an Anti Trump rally at Mall A in downtown Cleveland on July 16, 2016.

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Code Pink protesters at an Anti Trump rally at Mall A in downtown Cleveland on July 16, 2016.

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Police supporters use water to remove anti police messages written in sidewalk chalk at the RNC on July 18, 2016.

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Amnesty International has sent observers for the first time to an American political convention.

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One of several vendors selling republican and Donald Trump merchandise around the convention in Cleveland on July 18, 2016.

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Bicycle police staging for a march that was going through the city from Mall A in downtown Cleveland on July 18, 2016.

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An anti Trump march makes its way through downtown Cleveland during the RNC on July 18, 2016.

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Police and military personnel stand behind a locked gate as the anti Trump march passes by in downtown Cleveland on July 18, 2016.

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An anti Trump march makes its way through downtown Cleveland during the RNC on July 18, 2016.

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Counter protesters stand on the sidewalk as an anti Donald Trump march goes through downtown Cleveland on July 18, 2016.

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Protesters in a march against Donald Trump climb over concrete barriers as they approach Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland on July 18, 2016.

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An anti Trump march makes its way through downtown Cleveland during the RNC on July 18, 2016.

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An anti Trump march makes its way through downtown Cleveland with bicycle police following on July 18, 2016.

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An anti Trump march makes its way through downtown Cleveland with bicycle police following on July 18, 2016.

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A bar in downtown Cleveland has private security with riot shields stand at their storefront as an anti Donald Trump march passes by on July 18, 2016.

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An anti Trump march makes its way through downtown Cleveland during the RNC on July 18, 2016.

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Ohio state police stand by with riot gear as an anti Donald Trump march passes by outside of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on July 18, 2016.

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An anti Trump march makes its way through downtown Cleveland during the RNC on July 18, 2016.

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A police officer from Michigan looks on as an anti Donald Trump march goes throug downtown Cleveland. Thousands of officers from all over the United States have come to Cleveland to help local police with security at the Republican National Convention. July 18, 2016.

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An anti Trump march makes its way through downtown Cleveland during the RNC on July 18, 2016.

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Protesters for immigration reform start chants in the Mall A park after the anti Donald Trump march on July 18, 2016.

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Religious protesters came into the park as the protest was ending, and started engaging the anti Trump crowd on July 18, 2016.

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Bike police get between protesters after a testy exchange in Cleveland on July 18, 2016.

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A Trump supporter walks toward protesters during a pro Donald Trump event in Cleveland, Ohio on July 18, 2016.

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A protester lays out signs outside the press entrance to the Quicken Loans Arena on July 18, 2016.

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A religious protester sits in Public Square after demonstrations had ended in the square for the day on July 18, 2016.

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A protester lays out signs at the entrance to the Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland, Ohio on July 18, 2016.

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Two men who are open carrying pistols are asked to show their permits outside the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on July 18, 2016.

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Two men who are open carrying pistols are asked to show their permits outside the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on July 18, 2016.

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A man who is protesting in support of Kurds sits outside the Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland, Ohio on July 18, 2016.

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Signs laid out in the street at the entrance to the Quicken Loans Arena where the Republican Nation Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on July 18, 2016.

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