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RNC 2016: Protests tame on first day of Republican National Convention

The Republican convention delivered on most counts Monday. There was rancor, bombastic attacks on Hillary Clinton and plenty of controversy thanks to Melania Trump appearing to lift an entire paragraph from Michelle Obama’s 2008 convention speech.

TOPSHOT - CodePink demonstrators protest at an anti-Donald Trump rally in Cleveland, Ohio, near the Quicken Loans Arena site of the Republican National Convention July 18, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSONJIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images

CodePink demonstrators protest Monday at an anti-Donald Trump rally in Cleveland, Ohio. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

 

But the raging protests in the streets never materialized. Several protest zones I passed by were mostly empty. There were quite a few Code Pinkers around and lots of people urging Republicans to – and everybody else – to repent. I think recognized a few of them from Super Bowl 50.

 

But I didn’t see skinheads or white nationalists or anything that looked close to spiraling out of control on streets that were patrolled by offers from as far away as Asutin.

 

Above was scene at one protest zone right before the convention’s prime time lineup was about to begin. I’d play the video I shot, but the anti-police protesters were dropping f-bomb after f-bomb.