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Humans of the Republican National Convention

July 18, 2016
Stoney Burke poses for a photo on July 18, 2016 at Public Square in Cleveland, Ohio.
Stoney Burke poses for a photo on July 18, 2016 at Public Square in Cleveland, Ohio. —
Photo by Carly Geraci | and Carly Geraci The State News

As Cleveland hosts the 2016 Republican National Convention, a plethora of characters have arrived to the city. 

Here's a glimpse into the supporters, protesters and randoms making a presence at the RNC.

April Buckle

Thirty-one-year-old who's based in Las Vegas and New York City.

Buckle said she uses her ventriloquism and comedy to show the truth behind a man like Donald Trump.

"I am here to protest the Donald Trump candidacy," Buckle said. 

Buckle is a part of Stand Together Against Trump, or STAT.

When asked one word to describe the Republican nominee Buckle said, "evil."

Terry Kaye

"I'm here with a blow up doll dressed in a ridiculous costume to match the ridiculous, preposterous events that are actually happening," Kaye said.

Kaye said he doesn't think much of Trump. Kaye has lived in Cleveland his whole life.

If Kaye could say something to Trump, Kaye said, he would say "just do us all a favor, you win. We bow down to you, Donald. Just decline the nomination."

Trump belongs on television or running his casinos, but not in charge of a country. Kaye said.

Stoney Burke

"I'm against Trump," Burke said.

Burke said Trump lacks transparency for not releasing his tax forms.

"This ISIS, our ISIS, inside of the inside scam. Anytime somebody's a billionaire and tries to come off as an outsider, give me a break," Burke said.

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