2016 Republican Convention

The Shockingly Peaceful Streets of Cleveland During the RNC

Protests are small and muted, police are mostly patient and polite.

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Trump Hut
Reason/Anthony L. Fisher

As I wrote yesterday, Cleveland law enforcement agencies, their out-of-town partners, and the Secret Service were seemingly prepared for the apocalypse. But on Day 2 of the Republican National Convention (RNC), all is bizarrely calm and placid around town. 

The streets around Quicken Loans Arena are crowded with visiting delegates, journalists, protesters, and hawkers of Trump-branded paraphernalia. According to Cleveland's police chief Calvin Williams, two "major" protests numbering no more than three hundred people took place "without incident," and Cleveland.com reports one small group of open-carry gun enthusiasts meeting at Cleveland's Public Square was "peaceful and easily managed by police."

Indeed, one of the most noteworthy convention-related incidents to take place yesterday happened a block away from the arena, hours before the evening's program began, when several protesters who claimed to be affiliated with the hacktivist group Anonymous were briefly detained (while surrounded by almost 100 officers, including half a dozen mounted police). The incident ended with the protesters' gas masks and a small knife being confiscated by authorities, but no arrests

When sporadic protests have popped up near the arena, such as when Code Pink stood in the middle of the street on Prospect Ave right around the time Scott Baio took the RNC stage, police were patient and accommodating, keeping their distance and intervening only when arguments between pro and anti-Trump voices appeared to be taking a physical turn.

100 cops for a few gas masks
Reason/Anthony L. Fisher

Part of the reason the protests have been so muted is because demonstrators have been confined to three "protest zones" and one designated march route, all of which are at least a mile from the RNC. There is little danger that the crowds of people who participate in the officially sanctioned protests will run into RNC attendees unless they each make the effort to seek the other out. And with security in the "event zone" at extremely high levels, it would take a serious breach for the current eerily calm atmosphere to be significantly altered. 

Earlier today at Willard Park, one of the designated protest zones, there were no protests nor any scheduled for the day, but there was a Trump Hut. Designed by New York-based advertising professionals Doeg Cameron and Tommy Noonan, and fabricated by a Mexican-born immigrant artist, the hut is largely made of Mexican straw and is meant to serve in part as a commentary on xenophobia and income inequality, the latter of which is represented by luxury hotel items within the hut.

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  1. That can’t be right.

    I have been assured the streets will run red with the blood of innocents, mowed down by NRA vigilante gun fanatics.

    1. I am sure the NRA is covering it up.

    2. How could it be that a party that is largely associated the greedy businessman does not host orgies of violence and excess?

      Surely you have overlooked the barbqueing of poor people off the beaten path.

      Is there any surprise that the folks who are actually engaged in their politics for the sake of improvement of the economy might be more civil?
      We all know there are some moronic thugs on the trump side as well as scary repub neocons but; it is safe to say the average group of right leaning folks will always be more civil and smarter, on average, then the same size group of leftists.

    3. I have been assured the streets will run red with the blood of innocents, mowed down by NRA vigilante gun fanatics.

      LIES! I WAS PROMISED THAT THE POLICE WOULD BE TARGETED BY HORDES OF OPEN-CARRY SUBVERSIVES

    4. Only if Trump didn’t get the nom.

  2. Code Pink stood in the middle of the street on Prospect Ave right around the time Scott Baio took the RNC stage

    That will forever be a one-hit-wonder on Google.

  3. Oh, I get it.

    The Trump Hut is supposed to be The Hair.

    Sugarfree, you should call your copyright lawyers.

    1. I wonder if The Jacket is in there?

    2. Shh. I never could get him to sign over likeness rights in the first place.

  4. Part of the reason the protests have been so muted is because demonstrators have been confined to three “protest zones” and one designated march route, all of which are at least a mile from the RNC. There is little danger that the crowds of people who participate in the officially sanctioned protests will run into RNC attendees unless they each make the effort to seek the other out. And with security in the “event zone” at extremely high levels, it would take a serious breach for the current eerily calm atmosphere to be significantly altered.

    Give them a whiff of grape if they come to close, eh?

    1. Too close. Shoot me with rock salt for not getting the right “too”.

  5. The incident ended with the protesters’ gas masks and a small knife being confiscated by authorities

    What justification (besides FYTW) is there for confiscating the masks?

    1. Drug paraphernalia.

    2. Same as body armor. You aren’t allowed to defend yourself against the police.

    3. the authorities feel self-conscious when they’re the only ones taking their masks off

    4. What justification (besides FYTW) is there for confiscating the masks?

      Out of curiosity, why do you think confiscating a knife is okay but the masks isn’t?

      1. Out of curiosity, why do you think I think confiscating a knife is okay but the masks isn’t?

        1. ‘okay’ was a poor choice of words. Your question distinctly left out the knife indicating that there might be some obvious justification/foregone conclusion for confiscating the knife that’s significantly different than FYTW or significantly different than the FYTW that’s applied to the masks. If you had a non-FYTW answer as to why the knife should’ve been confiscated I think you might have had an answer as to why the masks were too.

  6. Hey, Code Pink! Code Pink is back to protest war everyone! No doubt they’re just using this as their warmup before the DNC, right?

    1. Wait, if the Liberal Anti-War Protesters have come back from hibernation, that means the Republicans will win this next election. It’s like a groundhog thing. They only come out when the Republicans are coming into power.

  7. Large groups of cholos haven’t made their way out to Cleveland yet?

    1. Probably couldn’t get time off from their roofing and landscaping jobs.

  8. the hut is largely made of Mexican straw and is meant to serve in part as a commentary on xenophobia and income inequality, the latter of which is represented by luxury hotel items within the hut.

    Oh.

  9. If the hair entered the hut would this reality end?

    1. Forty… seven!

  10. What about the giant puppet heads? Where do they assemble?

    *asking for a friend

  11. My company’s HQ is in the area and I’ve heard that the whole office is working from home. Pussies.

  12. If the hair entered the hut would this reality end?

    Please let that be true.

  13. This is going to turn out like the Tea Party rallies? Peaceful, orderly with everyone picking up their trash afterwards while the left screams, riots, and trashes the place at their convention and the character distinction thrown down a memory hole, right?

    If Hillary wins the screeching about guns in the street causing daily bloodbaths will be relentless.

    *Sort of On Topic: If you have any interest in this sort of thing read this through. It isnt very long and has a couple of interesting historical references in it.

    http://www.thefreelibrary.com/…..0129627331

    I remember reading that England had similar problems in the 1890’s with regards to PC and ammunition.

    1. I suspect the Bernie backers won’t be too happy at the Clinton coronation.

  14. No violence with thousands and thousands of people with high grade weapons nearby? You don’t say!

  15. is meant to serve in part as a commentary on xenophobia and income inequality, the latter of which is represented by luxury hotel items within the hut

    I just don’t know anymore. About art, that is. [kicks pebble]

  16. But on Day 2 of the Republican National Convention (RNC), all is bizarrely calm and placid around town.

    What part of ‘Make America Safe Again’ do you people not understand?

  17. I am reminded of the great-deflation that was “Dash-Con” = the great Tumblr convention which was supposed to be the moment that all the disparate Social Justice Advocates Unified in a Collective Show of Force…

    …but which was remembered mostly for “The Existential Loneliness of the Ball-Pit

    it was sort of a case-study in how the apparent unified, collective angst of online-teens and Twitter-activists melted into nothingness upon contact with reality. They play a real sweet game when its all “pretend”, but when you put them all in a room? they’re just a few overgrown fat-kids still playing with toys.

  18. “An armed society is a polite society.”

  19. Part of the reason the protests have been so muted is because demonstrators have been confined to three “protest zones” and one designated march route, all of which are at least a mile from the RNC. There is little danger that the crowds of people who participate in the officially sanctioned protests will run into RNC attendees unless they each make the effort to seek the other out.

    If RNC attendees don’t want to hear what the demonstrators have to say, why should they be made to do so? Seriously, if forced speech is a violation of free speech, then why isn’t forced listening?

    Now the big danger is that “I don’t want to hear that” gets abused to impose “I don’t want YOU to hear that, either” and – as much as I hate the concept – there needs to be a balance between the rights of those who do and who don’t want to listen what is being said. If keeping the protestors a mile away isn’t the right balance, then maybe the right balance is to make the protestors sit and listen quietly to an hour of GOP convention speeches before they’re allowed to go out and get in the faces convention delegates outside the convention hall.

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