Malik Obama, the half-brother of President Barack Obama, claims he is voting for Donald Trump in the November U.S. general election.
A resident of Kenya, Malik Obama, 58, made his presidential preference known to the New York Post.
“I like Donald Trump because he speaks from the heart. Make America Great Again is a great slogan. I would like to meet him… Mr. Trump is providing something new and something fresh.”
Malik Obama, a longtime Democrat, revealed that he is deeply disappointed in his brother’s presidential administration, causing him to gravitate toward the Republicans, “the party of Lincoln.”
The president’s older half-brother declared that it was a deal-breaker when the FBI and the Justice Department declined to bring criminal charges against Hillary Clinton in the email/private server investigation, a feeling shared by most Americans if polling data is to be believed. “She should have known better as the custodian of classified information.”
Malik Obama evidently is disillusioned with President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for deposing former Libyan dictator and his BFF, Muammar Gaddafi (or Khadafy). “I still feel that getting rid of Khadafy didn’t make things any better in Libya. My brother and the secretary of state disappointed me in that regard.”
Since the ouster of Gaddafi, Libya has devolved into an ISIS enclave.
Malik also expressed disappointment that his brother “did not support his failed attempt to run for governor of Siaya, his home county in Kenya,” RT reported. By the same token, he is looking forward to when Barack Obama leaves office in January 2017 so “I will finally be out of the limelight and be able to live like a human being.”
Reportedly having multiple wives, Malik Obama also appreciates the GOP’s opposition, now attenuated, to same-sex marriage, according to the Post.
While many on Twitter scoffed at the interview in that Malik Obama is not an American citizen, the Post claims that he is registered to vote in Maryland, where he worked for many years as an accountant, and is planning to fly back to the U.S. to vote for Trump, rather than use the absentee ballot process.
Barack Obama first met his sibling in 1985. Malik Obama was the best man at his half-brother’s 1992 wedding to Michelle Robinson. The brothers apparently have not spoken for about a year, however.
Back in 2013, eyebrows were raised when the federal government fast-tracked approval for a sketchy charity founded by Malik Obama in memory of his and the president’s father. The Barack H. Obama Foundation, based in Arlington, Virginia, was supposedly set up to improve the quality of life for poor Kenyans. The IRS go-ahead came through in a few weeks, rather than the typical six months.
The news of this unusually speedy government approval emerged amidst the controversy about how Tea Party and other right-of-center groups found themselves in limbo for up to three years waiting for IRS approval of their tax-exempt status applications. “My brother didn’t help me at all,” Malik Obama told the Post about the charity.
In a less-than-flattering profile of Malik Obama published a year ago today, the Boston Globe detailed that “Malik ran for governor of his home province, claiming to have ‘a direct line’ to the White House. His slogan? ‘Obama here, Obama there.’ He lost in a landslide… There was also that business of Malik selling letters Obama had written him 20 years ago for $15,000 each. Perhaps we should take comfort from the fact that presidents have embarrassing siblings, like the rest of us…”
Do you think that Malik Obama’s vow to vote for Donald Trump rather than Hillary Clinton, his half-brother’s designated successor, is a legitimate news story?
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Update: Malik Obama talks about Barack Obama and Donald Trump in this interview on Good Morning Britain.