Donald Trump has declined to rule out a conspiracy theory that conservative Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia was secretly murdered by liberals.
Ultra-conservative Justice Scalia, who was a strong opponent of gay rights, passed away on Saturday from a suspected heart attack.
Across his long career, the justice has dissented against LGBT equality on nearly every issue – from the court decision throwing out sodomy laws, to the one bringing equal marriage. He also openly compared the rights of gay people to paedophiles and incestuous couples, and was known for his blistering dissents.
The timing of his death – which creates a potential power conflict between Barack Obama and the next President – has led to some conspiracy theories… and they’ve got a high-profile backer.
Billionaire reality TV star-turned-politician Donald Trump weighed in while speaking to far-right radio host and conspiracy nut Michael Savage, who has advocated the theory suggesting liberals were to blame for Scalia’s death..
Savage asked Mr Trump: “Scalia: was he murdered? I know it’s pretty brutal to say this, but this is going to get bigger and bigger…
“We need a commission, we need an autopsy before the body is disposed of. What do you think of that?”
Mr Trump replied: “I’m hearing it’s a big topic, the question… it’s a horrible topic.
“They say they found a pillow on his face. It’s a pretty unusual place to find a pillow. I can’t give you an answer… I literally just heard it.”
Of course, it wouldn’t be the first time Mr Trump threw his weight behind a conspiracy theory – he was a prominent backer of theories that Barack Obama was not eligible to be President because he was ‘secretly born in Kenya’. President Obama was born in Hawaii.
Listen to the clip via Right Wing Watch below: