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'White Elevators' Sign Spotted At Republican National Convention

The first controversy of the Republican National Convention occurred well before day one, when signs for "white elevators" were spotted in the halls.

The convention also, reportedly, has red and blue elevators — part of a patriotic color trio — at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. It is unclear why none of the convention staff realized "white elevators" might remind convention-goers of not-so-distant times when segregation was legal.

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The presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who will be nominated at the event, has flirted with overt white supremacism ever since he officially waded into the election in June, 2015.

Trump began his election campaign by calling Mexican immigrants "rapists," and has been praised by former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke, so it wasn't particularly hard for many people to draw a connection between those overtones and the "white elevators" signs adorning the convention.

Though convention staff were reportedly working to replace those signs, not all of them were gone by opening day.

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'White elevators' signs spotted at RNC
Spotted at the #RNCinCLE. I'm told it's being replaced for obvious reasons. https://t.co/SVayl1zGCd
Not every reference to "White Elevators" has been scrubbed from convention signs by day one cc @ByronTau https://t.co/tWVLDp4Mlt
I'm sure they are red and blue elevators. But I took the stairs. #gopconvention
I saw it, but ignored and used the stairs. 'White elevators’ sign spotted at Republican National Convention https://t.co/cdejSQLtYv
No one in charge for the RNC tomorrow thought 'White Elevators' would be bad optics? https://t.co/IfKRsD1ht5
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