2016 Conventions

Political Drama Unfolds as GOP Convention Begins

Trump loyalists rally around their candidate amidst party detractors and protesters outside.

Delegates pose for an official convention photograph on the opening day of the Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans arena in Cleveland, Ohio on July 18. The Republican Party opened its national convention Monday, kicking off a four-day political jamboree.

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Alabama delegate Judy Carns and other delegates put their hands on their chests as they sing the national anthem. Matt Rourke / AP

Delegates from Texas wave their hats in the air. 

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Delegates pledge of allegiance. MICHAEL REYNOLDS / EPA

Delegates yell after the temporary chairman of the Republican National Convention announced that the convention would not hold a roll-call vote on the Rules Committee's report and rules changes, and rejected the efforts of anti-Trump forces to hold such a vote.


Delegates react as some delegates call for a roll call vote on the adoption of the rules.

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Jake Byrd of California dances on the convention floor. Joe Raedle / Getty Images
Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, bangs the gavel during the convention. Joe Raedle / Getty Images
A Florida delegate holds a sign in opposition to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP - Getty Images

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant appears on the arena floor.

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People outside the convention center march to protest Donald Trump. 

Journalists talk with a man openly carrying a gun downtown. Jeff J Mitchell / Getty Images

Cleveland police officers detain a protester in Cleveland Public Square near the site of the Republican National Convention. 

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Anti-Donald Trump protesters climb over a barricade as they march through closed streets. JIM WATSON / AFP - Getty Images
CodePink demonstrators protest at an anti-Donald Trump rally. JIM WATSON / AFP - Getty Images
Supporters of Donald Trump gather at an 'America First' unity rally. JIM LO SCALZO / EPA

Donald Trump introduces his wife Melania during the second session.