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Everything that happens today — natural disasters, shootings, morning talk-show firings — is filtered through a political lens, examined less for its own direct consequenc­es and more for its possible effect on poll numbers or election outcomes. The migrant caravan, for example, is really a story about the violence and corruption in Honduras that prompts thousands of people to flee north, and how the United States might respond to it, but its proximity to the Nov. 6 election makes it about partisan politics.

This focus can lead to conspirato­rial thinking, and it’s showing in some of the letters sent to the L.A. Times this week. For example, some say the migrant caravan seems timed just too perfectly to stir anti-immigrant voters for it not to have been started or at least encouraged by President Trump’s allies. And those crude bombs mailed to two Democratic expresiden­ts and some of Trump’s most outspoken critics, just weeks before the election, bear the markings of a false-flag operation, write some Trump supporters.

The only thing these two lines of thinking have in common is that there is no evidence to back them up, but that hasn’t stopped them from making up part of the commentary we received on the caravan or the bombing scare. — Paul Thornton, letters editor

A reader from Claremont is just asking a question:

I am hearing outside the mainstream media that the bomb fiasco could be the work of Democrats trying to draw attention away from the caravan. Lots of people are talking about it but don't say it because it would be politicall­y incorrect.

I’m just asking. It is an interestin­g point of view.

A reader from Encino wrote before the arrest of a man in south Florida:

A 10-year-old boy can see the bombs mailed to prominent Democrats and Trump critics are linked. It’s the same game when thenSuprem­e Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh’s sexual assault allegation became public just days before he was to be confirmed.

Now pipe bombs are sent to Democrats weeks before Nov. 6, and Republican­s look bad. I can guarantee you, 100%, these pipe bombs were sent by a leftist loon.

Regarding the caravan, a reader from Chula Vista has a hunch:

I am suspicious of the timing of this caravan from Honduras. It’s so close to the 2018 midterm election.

It gives President Trump plenty of opportunit­y to make comments about the border situation.

A Culver City resident suspects the migrant caravan is a big political photoop:

Conspiracy theories have been presented regarding the caravan: It was organized by Democrats or by political opponents of Honduras' right-wing president.

I have a theory: Rightwing U.S. operatives wanted to create great photos of a massive “invasion” with precise timing for the midterm election. It's the perfect way to promote fear and fire up the Trump base.

They can say: “See? We were right. Build the wall. Don't let the Democrats control the House.”

 ?? ABC News ?? A CRUDE pipe bomb inside a package addressed to John Brennan was sent to CNN’s New York office.
ABC News A CRUDE pipe bomb inside a package addressed to John Brennan was sent to CNN’s New York office.

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