Douglas V. Gibbs
Author, Speaker, Instructor, Radio Host
Amidst chants and shouts of “We will shut you down!”, the anti-Trump
protesters in Cleveland have moved beyond the containment area, forcing
their way towards the convention center where the Republican National
Convention is being held. Trump will be announced as the Republican
Candidate on Thursday, during the convention. The convention kicked off
today at 1:00 pm Eastern.
The protesters are largely represented by BlackLivesMatter and other
black power groups, as well as the Black Panthers, Latino groups, Code
Pink, and various socialist groups. Signs linking protesters to
communism and Islamism are also present. Their claim is that the
Republican Party is steeped with racism, and that Trump's racism rivals
that of Adolf Hitler.
Trump was never considered a racist until he decided to become a political candidate and run against Democrats.
The police are keeping a close eye on the protesters, riding alongside them to do what they can to maintain order.
Many of the protesters have covered their faces with bandannas and other cloths. Sign of cowardliness?
are they trying to hide their faces from? The covering of one's face
in this manner brings to mind images of jihadism and criminal activity.
Security inside the venue is also tight, and every effort to protect the convention-goers are being used.
An open-carry law exists in Ohio, and Trump supporters outside the
barrier areas are openly patrolling the grounds with their side-arms on
them. The open-carry law has been considered controversial as the
convention approached, with some suggestions given to ban all firearms
in the city during he event.
Originally, for the protesters, there was a pre-approved parade
route. The protesters are avoiding the controlled parade route,
chanting that the streets belong to them. Early on, the number is
roughly under a thousand protesters.
The protests and kick-off of the Republican National Convention
coincided with a speech by Hillary Clinton in Cincinnati to an NAACP
Convention, where she hammered on “police brutality” saying that the
killings of blacks “has to stop.”
Coincidentally, many of the tough laws the BlackLivesMatter movement
is protesting against were put into place by Hillary Clinton's husband,
former President Bill Clinton. To some, he was known as the law and
order President. Trump now calls himself the Law and Order Candidate.
In the next few days it is expected that the crowd of protesters will
increase in size, and will likely become more vocal and will further
test the boundaries as we approach Thursday's nomination of Donald Trump
as the Republican Party candidate in the 2016 Presidential Election.
The chant “We will shut you down!” is becoming more and more eerie as each moment passes.
Live video of the protester's march can be viewed at http://video.foxnews.com/v/2553565088001/coalition-to-stop-trump-marches-through-streets-of-cleveland/?#sp=watch-live
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