Day 1 at the RNC: Protesters, Cops, and Lots of Theatrics
Here's what it's like to be at the Republican National Convention in CLE
Photos: Tod Seelie
What a crazy opening day at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. First there was an attempt by delegates to revolt against Donald Trump that failed. Hours later, Rudy Giuliani lost his mind and then Melania Trump delivered a speech that was straight ripped from Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech at the DNC, a claim the Trump campaign bizarrely denied, despite the obvious.
Meanwhile, outside of the Quicken Loans Arena and in the massive security zone surrounding it, demonstrators from both sides of the political aisle are marching and shouting and shouting some more. Amidst these protests, there are lots and lots of cops on bikes and very well-armed law enforcement officers from surrounding states. However, for the most part, the scene is pretty tame and doesn’t yet feel like the tinderbox it was expected to be. But hey, it was only day one. Here’s what it was like to be in downtown Cleveland on Monday.
Tom Morello, B-Real, and Chuck DProphets of Rage perform a surprise set in Public Square on Day 1 of the RNC in Cleveland.Code Pink contingent. Lots of Trump merch for sale. The symbolism of that flag though… Trump Flakes and Clinton Crunch, being sold as “Limited Edition Cereals.”Button man.Protester holding both a mini and large “Dump Trump” banner.A lot of evangelical Christian groups are present outside the convention, many with large signs.“I love you, brother.”Former presidential candidate Vermin Supreme chats with fans in Cleveland’s Public Square.A child plays in the Public Square fountain while police officers look on.Protestors form a barrier between an anti-Trump march and police officers on bicycles that followed it.Protestors form a barrier between an anti-Trump march and police officers on bicycles that followed it.A protestor has a tense exchange with a police officer.A protester loudly condemns the killing of Tamir Rice in Public Square.A statue of Abraham Lincoln made from duct tape decorates the Cleveland waterfront.