Bombs are sent through the mail to CNN, George Soros, James Clapper, former President Barack Obama, and other persons targeted by President Donald Trump for vilification and abuse. A theory begins to circulate on the far edges of the right that the bombs are a “false flag” intended to discredit the president and his party. The theory rapidly moves from the edge to the center.
There the theory lingers, even as police apprehend a suspect and tow away a van festooned with pro-Trump stickers.
On the afternoon of October 24, the false-flag theory was all but endorsed by Rush Limbaugh.