Republican National Convention kicks off in Cleveland

  • A mural of presumtive presidential nominee Donald Trump is pictured the day before the start of the Republican National Convention on July 17, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Convention attendees are seen getting ready in limos the day before the start of the Republican National Convention on July 17, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Security for the Republican National Convention is seen on July 17, 2016, in Cleveland, Ohio. 
  • A Donald Trump imitator poses for photos on the street the day before the Republican National Convention on July 17, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • A supporter of the Second Amendment speaks to the media during a rally in the public square on July 17, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Retired Army veteran Lou Pumphery carries a peace flag through the streets calling for no more wars on July 17, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Cleveland police officers are seen in full gear as they watch over a demonstration on July 17, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • A woman marches during a Shut Down Trump demonstration on July 17, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Demonstrators march through the streets during a Shut Down Trump rally on July 17, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Protestors are pictured during a Shut Down Trump rally on July 17, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • A women poses with her sign during a Shut Down Trump demonstration on July 17, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Demonstrators write a message during a Shut Down Trump rally on July 17, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • The floor of the Quicken Loans Arena is seen ahead of the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland, Ohio, on July 17, 2016.
  • The stage at the Republican National Convention is pictured ahead of it’s start on July 18, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is seen on the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • A Donald Trump supporter is pictured in the mirror of a motorcycle at a Bikers for Trump Rally on the first day of the Republican National Convention, July 18, 2016, in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Delegates put their hands on their chests for the National Anthem during first day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, July 18, 2016.
  • A security guard on the floor of the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, July 18, 2016. 
  • A Police Tactical Arrest Unit waits on the perimeter of the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, July 18, 2016. 
  • A Donald Trump supporter sells American flags at a rally for the presumptive presidential nominee in Cleveland, Ohio, on July 18, 2016. 
  • Demonstrators gather in Cleveland, Ohio, during the 2016 Republican National Convention, July 18, 2016.
  • A Donald Trump supporter smiles following the outbreak of protests on the floor of the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, July 18, 2016.
  • Former politician Rudy Giuliani practices his speech at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, July 18, 2016.
  • California Rep. Kevin McCarthy at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, July 18, 2016.
  • Details of floor fashion at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, July 18, 2016.
  • Details of floor fashion at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, July 18, 2016.
  • Attendees at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, July 18, 2016.
  • A Republican delegate at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, July 18, 2016.
  • Attendees at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, July 18, 2016.
  • A member of the Honor Guard and his reflection at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, July 18, 2016.
  • John Tiegen, a U.S. Marine Corp veteran, left, and Mark Geist, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who fought in Benghazi, speak during the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, July 18, 2016.
  • Pat Smith, mother of Benghazi victim Sean Smith, speaks during the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, July 18, 2016.
  • Willie Robertson, CEO of Duck Commander and Buck Commander, speaks at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, July 18, 2016.
  • Attendees at Benghazi Night during the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, July 18, 2016.
  • Chris Christie attends the Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, July 18, 2016.
  • Donald Trump Jr. attends the Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, July 18, 2016.
  • Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Donald Trump introduces his wife Melania at the Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, July 18, 2016.

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CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Republican National Convention kicked off Monday in Cleveland, where Donald Trump is expected to officially clinch the Republican presidential nomination. The theme of the first day of the convention is “Make America Safe Again,” a riff on Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan.

A number of high-profile speakers are scheduled to address the crowd on Monday, including Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa. The headliner Monday will be Trump’s wife, Melania, who often appears with Trump but rarely gives public interviews. 

Some pro- and anti-Trump protesters have gathered outside the Quicken Loans Arena, the site of the RNC. Leading into Monday, Cleveland officials said they had only made one arrest so far.

These photographs were shot on assignment by photographer Mark Peterson for MSNBC Photography as part of his on-going body of work “Political Theatre” which examines the landscape of the American political system. 

Check back for more photos throughout the day. For full coverage, visit MSNBC.com/photography.

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