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The Hidden Meanings Behind the Set Designs of the RNC and DNC

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Frances Buoy
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But even if you think Paul Simon singing Bridge Over Troubled Water will turn out to be the defining moment of Campaign 2016, it didn t exactly have visual flair.

And at the top: to the tune of Queen s We Are The Champions, Donald Trump emerged not as a waving, smiling, politician, but like a WWE fighter: a solitary, ominous silhouette, emerging from the fog of a smoke machine.

The sets are the results of months of planning and millions of dollars spent on build-outs, engineering, and lighting to communicate the messages of the parties.

And so far, the messages are: the Republican party wants to rally voters around one mightier-than-thou leader, while the Democrats are presenting themselves as a collective.

The RNC stage was also framed by two tall metal blades embedded with color-adjustable LEDs and spray painted with a refractive coating to diffuse the changing hues of the stage lights.

It features a navy blue carpet and the big screens.

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