The Latest: Campaign manager: disruptions could help Trump


CLEVELAND (AP) — The Latest on demonstrations and gatherings outside the Republican National Convention in Cleveland (all times local):

3:05 p.m.

Donald Trump’s campaign manager says that political disruption at the Republican National Convention could help the presumptive GOP nominee.

Paul Manafort says that’s because such disruption will show a lawlessness and a lack of respect for political discourse that has turned off Trump supporters.

Speaking Monday at a Bloomberg Politics breakfast for reporters, Manafort likened the impact of disruption on images of protesters making it difficult for Trump to get into one of his own events in California earlier in the year.

Manafort says people saw that and said, “‘This is not an America I want.'”

He says that while protests won’t disrupt Trump’s message inside the hall, if it gets a lot of coverage, it probably will help the campaign.

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2 p.m.

The first major rally against presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has attracted several hundred people to a downtown Cleveland plaza about a half-mile from where his supporters are gathering.

Protesters on Monday chanted “Dump Trump now!” and held signs saying things like “No racism, no fascism, no Trump” as they started to march through the streets.

The dissenters included many upset with Trump’s stances on immigration, including a plan to build a wall at the Mexican border, and his push to keep Muslim visitors from entering the U.S.

Demonstrators also used the event to protest what they called racist police practices — several held signs calling for disarming the police and at one point the crowd broke into a “Black lives matter!” chant.

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11:25 a.m.

More than 100 Donald Trump supporters are starting to show up for the first major pro-Trump rally during this week’s Republican National Convention.

About a dozen are legally carrying guns near downtown Cleveland, but there’s no obvious sign of a police presence.

There’s been much discussion about open carry as the convention gets underway Monday.

The president of Cleveland’s police union had asked Ohio Gov. John Kasich to suspend the law allowing legal gun owners to carry firearms openly. But Kasich says he doesn’t have that authority.

A Pennsylvania man who’s attending the Trump rally with a Smith and Wesson handgun strapped to his belt says he and the others carrying guns are not there to intimidate anyone. He says it’s more about exercising their rights.

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11:15 a.m.

The Cleveland police chief says that security planners considered whether a ban on the open carry of firearms could be enforced during this week’s Republican National Convention but learned that police had no authority to override state law.

The issue surrounding open carry has become a concern in Cleveland after the fatal shootings of police in Dallas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in recent days.

The president of one of Cleveland’s police unions asked Ohio Gov. John Kasich to suspend the law that allows legal gun owners to carry firearms openly. Kasich countered that he doesn’t have the authority to do so.

Several people showed up on Cleveland’s Public Square on Sunday carrying firearms. About a dozen people had guns before the start of a Monday rally.

Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said Monday that police officers are being told to be especially cautious.

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9:10 a.m.

Left-leaning activist groups pushing for “economic justice” and an “America First Unity March” sponsored by Citizens for Trump will hit the streets of Cleveland.

Two groups are scheduled to hold rallies and marches Monday, the official start of the four-day Republican National Convention.

There are concerns about violent protests during the RNC between supporters and foes of presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.

Cleveland police reported one arrest Sunday after a man tried to grab a police officer’s gas mask.

Monday also happens to be the 50th anniversary of the beginning of Cleveland’s Hough riots. The riots that began July 18, 1966, were sparked by a confrontation between black residents and a white bar owner and led to nearly a week of looting and violence in one of the city’s east side neighborhoods.

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