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23 Powerful Photos From The RNC That Show How Divided America Is Right Now

The first day of the Republican National Convention was in many ways defined by massive protests flanked by an extraordinarily large police presence.

On Monday afternoon, a large anti-Trump protest marched through downtown Cleveland.

The diverse crowd of protestors chanted things like, “No Trump, no KKK, no racist USA,” and carried signs highlighting their concern over a wide array of issues, from police violence and Islamophobia to immigration and wealth inequality.

We are clearly living in a very divided and contentious era in America, and Donald Trump's incendiary and controversial presidential campaign has arguably only made things worse.

Standing among the protestors in Cleveland on Monday, the pain and anger they felt was very palpable.

Here are 23 powerful photos from the RNC that show how divided America is right now.

Cleveland feels like a police state right now. Law enforcement is everywhere.

Protestors and police in Cleveland on the first day of the RNC.

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Police on bikes in Cleveland during the RNC

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Police on bikes in Cleveland during the RNC.

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Police on bikes in Cleveland follow protestors on the street.

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Police and protestors on the street in Cleveland during the RNC.

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The protesters made it no secret they were deeply angered by Trump's rhetoric surrounding immigration, refugees, Muslims, race relations and police violence, among other issues.

Anti-Trump protest at the RNC in Cleveland.

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Anti-Trump protest during the RNC in Cleveland.

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Anti-Trump protest during the RNC in Cleveland.

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A protestor holds an anti-Trump sign in Cleveland during the RNC.

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A protestor holds an anti-Trump sign in Cleveland.

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A protestor holds an anti-Trump sign in Cleveland during the RNC.

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An anti-Trump protest in Cleveland during the RNC.

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Anti-Trump protestors at the RNC in Cleveland.

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Anti-Trump protestor in Cleveland during the RNC.

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Anti-Trump protest during the RNC in Cleveland.

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Black Lives Matter had a major presence at the RNC protests.

Black Lives Matter protestors at the RNC in Cleveland.

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Black Lives Matter protestor in Cleveland during the RNC.

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Black Lives Matter protestor at the RNC in Cleveland.

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Black Lives Matter protestors at the RNC in Cleveland.

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A lot of people at the protests just wanted to keep the peace, given there's been far too much violence recently.

A photo of protestors during the RNC in Cleveland.

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Protestors try to form a line between police and other protestors during the RNC in Cleveland.

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Protestors and police during the RNC in Cleveland.

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Anti-Trump protest during the RNC in Cleveland.

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John Haltiwanger is the Senior Politics Writer at Elite Daily. He was born and raised in DC. John earned an MSc in International Relations from the Univ. Of Glasgow and a BA in History from St. Mary's College of MD. He loves life, and burritos.
John Haltiwanger is the Senior Politics Writer at Elite Daily. He was born and raised in DC. John earned an MSc in International Relations from the Univ. Of Glasgow and a BA in History from St. Mary's College of MD. He loves life, and burritos.

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