True Believers, Protesters And Trump: Scenes From Cleveland Calls to "Make America Great Again" rang through the Republican National Convention while anti-Donald Trump protesters tried to challenge the rhetoric. This is what it looked like.
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True Believers, Protesters And Trump: Scenes From Cleveland

(Left) Pro-Donald Trump buttons for sale on the street in Cleveland. (Center) A large screen truck with a photo of President Ronald Reagan can be seen through a crowd as it is stopped at a light. (Right) Supporters listen to speakers at a pro-Trump rally on Tuesday. Gabriella Demczuk for NPR hide caption

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(Left) Pro-Donald Trump buttons for sale on the street in Cleveland. (Center) A large screen truck with a photo of President Ronald Reagan can be seen through a crowd as it is stopped at a light. (Right) Supporters listen to speakers at a pro-Trump rally on Tuesday.

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A national convention aims to offer a space for a political party to unify — to hone its message, set aside internal divisions and move forward toward a shared adversary. As Republicans sweep up confetti and try to forget the Ted Cruz-Donald Trump flame war, Democrats pack their bags for Philadelphia, hoping to unite their own badly split party.

It's easy to say the divisions that surface in a major election year are somehow worse than the one before, anger and divisiveness compounding but with little change. The political rhetoric stays the same, year after year: "... We are going to fix the system."

During her week in Cleveland, photographer Gabriella Demczuk explored the ways that people are embracing and challenging the Republican Party's mission in this election — both from inside and outside the party. Here is a selection of what she saw.

Light falls on the American flag at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. Gabriella Demczuk for NPR hide caption

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The day before the convention officially started, police monitor protesters — including those marching with the Black Lives Matter movement — as they work their way through the streets of Cleveland. Meanwhile, delegates line up for an official convention party (right). Gabriella Demczuk for NPR hide caption

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A woman listens to a speaker at the People's Justice and Peace Conference at the Ohio City Masonic Arts Center. Gabriella Demczuk for NPR hide caption

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Attendees take in Wednesday evening's program at the convention hall through different screens. Gabriella Demczuk for NPR hide caption

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An anti-Hillary Clinton sticker lies discarded on the floor at the close of the convention. Gabriella Demczuk for NPR hide caption

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(Left) A woman with the California delegation cheers for Trump during the convention. (Right) A protester with Code Pink demonstrates during the convention on Tuesday and is later escorted outside the hall. Gabriella Demczuk for NPR hide caption

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(Left) A woman with the California delegation cheers for Trump during the convention. (Right) A protester with Code Pink demonstrates during the convention on Tuesday and is later escorted outside the hall.

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Accepting the Republican nomination for president, Trump speaks at the close of the convention. Gabriella Demczuk for NPR hide caption

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