President Obama’s Kenyan half-brother says that he will be voting for GOP nominee Donald J. Trump in the upcoming presidential election.
Speaking to the New York Post from his home in the rural village of Kogelo, Obama says, “I like Donald Trump because he speaks from the heart. Make America Great Again is a great slogan. I would like to meet him.”
Almost unbelievably, the 58-year-old longtime Democrat revealed that his “deep disappointment” in his brother Barack’s administration has led him to recently switch allegiance to “the party of Lincoln.”
The last straw, he informed The Post, came earlier this month when FBI Director James Comey recommended not prosecuting Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton over her use of a private e-mail servers while secretary of state, saying, “She should have known better as the custodian of classified information.”
He’s also annoyed that Clinton and President Obama killed Libyan leader Moammar Khadafy, whom he called one of his best friends. He even dedicated his 2012 biography of his late father to Khadafy and others who, he believes, were “making this world a better place.”
“I still feel that getting rid of Khadafy didn’t make things any better in Libya,” he said. “My brother and the secretary of state disappointed me in that regard.”
However, what bothers Malik Obama even more is the Democratic party’s support of same-sex marriage:
“I feel like a Republican now because they don’t stand for same-sex marriage, and that appeals to me.”
Obama believes strongly in the institution of marriage — so strongly that he has at least three current wives, although press reports have put the number as high as 12.
Malik Obama is the eldest of Barack Obama’s many half-brothers and also directs the Barack H. Obama Foundation: a controversial Virginia charity named for his father. He says he started the charity in 2008 because he wanted to make a difference in the family’s hardscrabble village in Kenya. The charity came under fire when The Post revealed in 2011 that it was an off-the-books operation that hadn’t registered with the state of Virginia or, as it claimed, had tax-exempt status from the IRS. Shortly after this report, the IRS gave its stamp of approval, leading to speculation that the president had intervened.
Trump went to social media to express his surprise and excitement:
Wow, President Obama's brother, Malik, just announced that he is voting for me. Was probably treated badly by president-like everybody else!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 24, 2016
Malik Obama plans to trek back to the US to vote for Trump in November. According to public records, Obama used to live in Maryland, where he worked for many years as an accountant and is registered to vote there.