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Traveling Through Trump Country, Part 5. Cleveland Scenes (2016 Campaign Series)

Traveling Through Trump Country, Part 5. Cleveland Scenes (2016 Campaign Series)

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Part 5. Cleveland Scenes Tom Johnson looks out on his city. Johnson, who made a fortune in streetcars and steel, was present for the Great Flood in Johnstown, Pa. in 1889, because he owned a steel mill there. He led the local relief efforts, and the devastation he witnessed changed his life. He turned against the privileged rich, who escaped all responsibility for the collapse of the dam and became one of the leading Progressive reformers of the era and the legendary four-term mayor of Cleveland, who spent the rest of his life fighting the city’s powerful Republican business elite.

Johnson, who made a fortune in streetcars and steel, was in Johnstown, Pa. for the Great Flood of 1889 because he owned a steel mill there. He led the local relief efforts, and the devastation he witnessed changed his life. He turned against the privileged rich, who escaped all responsibility for the collapse of the dam, and became one of the leading Progressive reformers of the era and the legendary four-term mayor of Cleveland, who spent the rest of his life fighting the city’s powerful Republican business elite.

Road Closed

Empty Street

Sidewalk Art

Competing protest groups shared the same square, hurling vitriol and insults at each other, with what almost amounted to gleeful banter. Many of the protests had the air of well-rehearsed theater, although it takes only a tiny spark to ignite a fire. And Ohio is is an “open carry” state.

Homo Sex is Sin

The Bike Line

“It’s every citizen’s right to be able to defend themselves and their family, and I believe that an open-carry society is a much politer society.” Tim Selaty, Director of Operations, Citizens for Trump.

The Bicycle Patrol

“Lock her up! Lock her up!” Good taste was often on vacation from Cleveland last week.

Former Ambassador to Poland Victor Ashe, delegate from Tennessee who cast his vote for Marco Rubio, and Donald Trump, Jr., who did not.

Raise the Bar in Philadelphia (2016 Campaign Series)

Raise the Bar in Philadelphia (2016 Campaign Series)

Traveling Through Trump Country - Part 4. From Washington, Pa. to Youngstown, Ohio (2016 Campaign Series)

Traveling Through Trump Country - Part 4. From Washington, Pa. to Youngstown, Ohio (2016 Campaign Series)