“They say they found a pillow on his face, which is a pretty unusual place to find a pillow,” Trump said Tuesday during an interview on Michael Savage’s radio show “The Savage Nation.”
The conspiracy theories started shortly after Scalia’s death was made public and persist, despite clarifications from the owner of the ranch where Scalia died, as well as the county judge who declared him dead, reports CBS News correspondent Jan Crawford.
The suggestion that the outspoken conservative may have been murdered took hold in part because a state judge declared Scalia dead over the phone – something that is allowed by Texas law. Scalia’s family said it did not want an autopsy for the 79-year-old Justice, who had a history of chronic health problems.
The conspiracy theories kicked into high gear after the owner of the ranch where Scalia died told a Texas newspaper that Scalia had “a pillow over his head.”
The ranch owner, John Poindexter, tried to clarify his comments, telling “CBS This Morning” that Scalia “had a pillow over his head, not over his face as some have been saying. The pillow was against the headboard.”