Following news that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead Saturday with a pillow over his face in a room at Cibolo Creek Ranch in Presidio County, West Texas, the right wing blogosphere erupted with claims that the timing of Scalia’s death was suspicious and that contrary to reports that he died of “natural causes,” Scalia may have been murdered by the Obama administration.
Reports circulating in the far right wing blogosphere that appear to have originated on the website DC Whispers, claim that Obama learned about Scalia’s death hours before it became public knowledge and that when he learned of the justice’s death, he was “thrilled” at the opportunity it provided to make himself “relevant again.”
Several prominent right wing pundits and conspiracy theorists announced to their social media followers that Scalia may have been murdered to facilitate an alleged liberal agenda to take over the United States in the last year of the Obama administration. Right wing pundits pointed out that with the death of Scalia, left-leaning Supreme Court justices can now go ahead to approve the Obama administration’s agenda in the areas of gun control, immigration, and abortion.
According to right wing pundits, the apparent haste to declare Scalia’s death as due to “natural causes” is suspicious and raises concerns about foul play, which justify calls for detailed forensic autopsy and toxicological investigation of the Supreme Court justice’s death.
The far right wing conspiracy theory blog, All News Pipeline, for instance, makes allegations that reflect widespread feelings in the far right wing of the political spectrum. According to the blog, Scalia may have been “eliminated” by a covert operation “originating within the Obama administration.”
Obama may have ordered Scalia’s death to consolidate liberal control over the Supreme Court and to “overthrow America.”
The administration of President Barack Obama, according to All News Pipeline, probably assassinated “constitutionalist Scalia” to help the “globalists”(liberal Illuminati) to achieve their plan to confiscate firearms in all states, issue martial law and inaugurate the “New World Order.”
“This death has ‘targeted murder’ written all over it and many who remember the murder of Andrew Breitbart, agree that Scalia’s murder may have been carried out in the same manner,” the blog declared.
“This death has ‘targeted murder’ written all over it.”
Conspiracy theory radio host Alex Jones took to Facebook shortly after news of the death of Justice Scalia and suggested to his social media followers that Justice Antonin Scalia “may have been murdered.”
According to Jones, “My gut tells me they killed him and all the intellectual evidence lays it out… This is the season of treason, this is the time of betrayal and we would be fools not to ask the questions.”
Jones argued that Obama may have ordered the murder of the conservative justice to facilitate his liberal agenda for America.
“You just get used to this, ‘Scalia found, it’s natural, nothing going on here, he just died naturally.’ And you’re like, ‘Whoa. Red flag,’ ” he said. “Then you realize, Obama is one vote away from being able to ban guns, open the borders and actually have the court engage in its agenda and now Scalia dies. I mean, this is hard core.”
He went on to speculate that the administration could also order the assassination of other conservative Supreme Court justices such as Clarence Thomas.
“I wonder if Clarence Thomas will die of a heart attack next week. If this is an assassination, it signifies that they’re dropping the hammer, that’s the canary in the coal mine,” he continued, and added, “maybe they’ll kill Ron Paul. Maybe they’ll kill Donald Trump next. They all had heart attacks… or maybe their airplane blows up.”
He then threatened a civil war if the Senate confirms Obama’s nominee to replace Scalia.
“The Republicans better block this nomination, because if they get one more Supreme Court person in there, they’re going to trump every piece of Bill of Rights and Constitution and they’re going to get that physical civil war they want,” he said.
The seemingly unguarded speculations were prompted partly by comments attributed to Scalia’s host that the justice was “animated and engaged” during dinner before he retired to his room.
San Antonio Express News reports that 71-year-old John Poindexter, owner of the 30,000-acre luxury ranch Scalia was visiting when he died, said, “He was seated near me and I had a chance to observe him. He was very entertaining. But about 9 p.m. he said, ‘It’s been a long day and a long week, I want to get some sleep.’ ”
Poindexter said Scalia had an “enjoyable” evening discussing non-political issues with several dozen invitees at the ranch. He said that the justice was “animated and engaged” during dinner before he went to bed.
But in the morning, he was found dead with “a pillow over his head” after he failed to answer despite several knocks on his door.
Right wing pundits argue that the response of the authorities was suspicious. For instance, Presidio County Judge Cinderella Guevara reportedly determined that Scalia died of natural causes by phone before she saw the body. She also decided not to order an autopsy after speaking on phone with officials who allegedly told her there was no evidence of foul play in the death of the justice.
According to Guevara, Scalia’s doctor confirmed that “he was having health issues.” But she denied some media reports that she said the justice died of a heart attack.
Speculations intensified following reports that another justice said that in the circumstances of Scalia’s death she would have ordered an autopsy.
It was unclear late Sunday whether a decision would be taken to conduct an autopsy, but it was reported that his family said they did not want an autopsy.
Conservative pundits noted that the delay in conducting toxicological tests and the haste to embalm the body may have destroyed reliable toxicological evidence.
“I am surprised at how many opponents of the Obama administration commit suicide by suffocating themselves by holding a pillow over their own faces while they are sleeping,” a Washington Post reader commented. “Your heart tends to stop beating when you stop breathing. No surprises there really. A quick and speedy cremation will end all inquiries.”
“I am not a conspiracy theorist, but the way the whole thing was handled seems rather fishy,” another wrote.
Allegations of foul play in the death of the Supreme Court justice were accompanied by calls from Republicans that President Obama should not nominate a replacement for Scalia before new elections and a new president elected.
But Obama confirmed on Saturday he would exercise his constitutional duty before the end of his term as president.
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