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How The Trump Campaign Could Evolve Into Organized Violence, In 6 Steps | The Huffington Post EDITION US عربي (Arabi) Australia Brasil Canada Deutschland España France Ελλάδα (Greece) India Italia 日本 (Japan) 한국 (Korea) Maghreb México Québec (En Francais) United Kingdom United States INFORM • INSPIRE • ENTERTAIN • EMPOWER NEWS WorldPost Highline Science Education Weird News Business TestKitchen Tech College Media POLITICS Pollster Election Results Eat the Press HuffPost Hill Candidate Confessional So That Happened ENTERTAINMENT Sports Comedy Celebrity Books Entertainment TV Arts + Culture WELLNESS Healthy Living Travel Style Taste Home Weddings Divorce Sleep GPS for the Soul WHAT'S WORKING Impact Green Good News Global Health VOICES Black Voices Latino Voices Women Fifty Religion Queer Voices Parents Teen College VIDEO ALL SECTIONS Arts + Culture Black Voices Books Business Candidate Confessional Celebrity College Comedy Crime Divorce Dolce Vita Eat the Press Education Election Results Entertainment Fifty Good News Green Healthy Living Highline Home Horoscopes HuffPost Data HuffPost Hill Impact Latino Voices Media Outspeak Parents Politics Pollster Queer Voices Religion Science Small Business So That Happened Sports Style Taste Tech Teen TestKitchen Travel TV Weddings Weird News Women WorldPost FEATURED GPS for the Soul Hawaii OWN Dr. Phil Quiet Revolution Talk to Me Don't Stress the Mess Endeavor Fearless Dreamers Generation Now Inspiration Generation Paving the Way The Power Of Humanity Sleep + Wellness What's Working: Purpose + Profit What's Working: Small Businesses POLITICS How The Trump Campaign Could Evolve Into Organized Violence, In 6 Steps State-sponsored thuggery doesn't happen overnight. 03/17/2016 06:31 pm ET | Updated Mar 22, 2016 8.8k Daniel Marans Reporter, Huffington Post Ryan Grim Washington bureau chief for The Huffington Post The Washington Post/Getty Images Donald Trump riling up a crowd in in Vienna, Ohio, on March 14. His rallies have increasingly become the sites of violent clashes. UPDATE: 3/19 -- On March 15, some anonymous Trump supporters started  the Lion Guard , which calls itself an "informal civilian group dedicated to the safety and security of  #Trump  supporters by exposing Far-Left rioters," in person and on social media.  "The Lion Guard is a call to put the words 'Make America Great Again' into action and aid Trump’s security and show our adversaries we are disciplined, perceptive, and watching," the group's "Call to Action" states.  PREVIOUSLY: Republican front-runner Donald Trump on Sunday  floated the idea of paying the legal fees of a white supporter who sucker-punched a black man leaving a rally. Later that day, he claimed "no responsibility"  for political violence, suggesting instead that protesters are dangerous and that his supporters are right to "hit back." He even blamed Democratic candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) for sending protesters to disrupt his rallies, and  threatened to sic his supporters on Sanders in retaliation. Extreme political movements like Trump's often go hand-in-hand with street violence. But organized militias like Adolf Hitler’s brown shirts  and Benito Mussolini’s black shirts  don't spring up overnight. They evolve. Here's how the process works. Phase One: Anger The election of President Barack Obama in 2008 immediately sparked a  spike in anti-black hate crimes . The suspicion and resentment toward Obama began during his campaign, most notably with the birther movement that questioned whether he was born in the United States. (He was .) Some Americans considered Obama not merely a political opponent but a foreign "other," unworthy of the respect citizens typically accord to presidents. Trump, who helped elevate birtherism to national prominence, has fanned the flames of white Americans' rage, appealing to their most base nationalistic instincts.  The data show that Trump supporters are more likely to be economically insecure. But that doesn't explain the timing of Trump's rise, since the fortunes of working-class whites, like working-class people of color, have been declining for decades. As Jamelle Bouie argues persuasively in Slate , Trump's followers apparently view Obama's power as a sign that they have lost the political privilege they once enjoyed just because they were white. Sixty-one percent of Trump's supporters have continued to believe Obama is a foreign-born Muslim , according to a Public Policy Polling survey released in September.  Beliefs like that aren't uncommon among supporters of tyrants and demagogues. “What illiberal leaders across the world share is a very deep ideological or nationalistic motivation and sense of being in an in-group where people do not see their opponents just as opponents but as enemies in an existential sense,” said Shadi Hamid, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution who authored the book Temptations of Power: Islamists and Illiberal Democracy in the Middle East. “That contributes t