Malik Obama is the half-brother of President Barack Obama. He said in a new interview this weekend with the New York Post that he plans on voting for Donald Trump, even though he still lives in Kenya. Obama said that he feels “deep disappointment” with his more famous brother’s performance.
On October 18, Malik told the New York Post that he will be at the third presidential debate in Las Vegas to root for Trump. “I’m excited to be at the debate. Trump can make America great again,” Malik told the Post.
Malik has been troublesome for the family, even appearing in a film that claims that Barack Obama’s father is not Malik’s. Here’s a look at Malik.
1. He Decided to Support Donald Trump Since Hillary Clinton Won’t be Prosecuted in the Email Scandal
In his interview with the Post, Obama, 58, said that hearing FBI director James Comey criticize Hillary Clinton in the email scandal without recommending prosecution made him decide that he couldn’t support the former Secretary of State.
“She should have known better as the custodian of classified information,” Obama told the Post.
Obama also said that he does not support same-sex marriage, which is why he will support the GOP. “I feel like a Republican now because they don’t stand for same-sex marriage, and that appeals to me,” Obama said.
The Post reports that Obama is still registered to vote in Maryland and he will head back to the U.S. to vote.
“I like Donald Trump because he speaks from the heart. Make America Great Again is a great slogan. I would like to meet him,” Malik said.
“I look very much forward to meeting and being with Malik. He gets it far better than his brother,” Trump told the Post.
To prove that he is really voting for Trump, Malik posted a picture of his ballot on Twitter.
2. He Was Interviewed by a Filmmaker Who Suggested Barack Obama Sr. Isn’t Really the President’s Father
Last year, Obama recorded the above interview with Joel Gilbert, the director of Dreams From My Real Father, a film that claimed President Obama’s real father was not Barack Hussein Obama Sr. Gilbert claims that Obama’s real father is Frank Marshall Davis.
In that interview, Obama said that Barack Obama has “become a different person” and has “not been an honest man, as far as I’m concerned, in who he is and what he says and how he treats people.”
Obama even agreed with Gilbert that there is a resemblance between the president and Davis. He’d also be interested in doing a DNA test to prove if they have the same father.
3. He Was Barack Obama’s Best Man at His Wedding
Barack Obama did write about meeting Obama in 1985, when Obama was known as Roy, in Dreams of My Father. According to ABC News, the book reveals that Obama converted to Islam. Barack Obama wrote:
The person who made me proudest of all, though, was Roy. Actually, now we call him Abongo, his Luo name, for two years ago he decided to reassert his African heritage. He converted to Islam, and has sworn off pork and tobacco and alcohol. He still works at his accounting firm, but talks about moving back to Kenya once he has enough money.
Obama and Barack Obama were close enough at one point that they were both best man at each others weddings. However, it’s not known how many times Obama has been married since then. The Post notes that he has at least three, but there are reports that he has as much as 12.
When asked to clarify, he told The Post, “That’s personal.”
4. He Started a Foundation Called The Barack H. Obama Foundation, Named After Their Father
In 2008, the same year that Barack Obama won the presidential election, Obama created The Barack H. Obama Foundation, which he said was named after their father. “The foundation is entirely the idea of Abon’go Malik Obama, in memory of their father, and is not dependent on the endorsement of his brother, President Barack Obama,” a disclaimer on the foundation’s site reads. The foundation aims to help the Siaya District in Kenya, the Obama family ancestral home.
In 2011, The Post published a report on the foundation, which found that the foundation had not submitted filings to the IRS. However, the foundation’s site claims that it is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt charitable organization now.
In 2014, the foundation set up to organize Barack Obama’s presidential library was first called “The Barack H. Foundation.” However, the “H.” was later dropped to avoid confusion, ABC News reported.
5. He Unsuccessfully Ran for Political Office in Kenya
While his brother had success in politics, Obama has not met the same results. He ran for governor of Siaya County, Kenya and earned less than 1,000 votes in March 2013. He was defeated by Cornel Rasanga, who earned over over 55 percent of the vote. Obama ran as an independent and only earned 694 votes.
Obama tried to capitalize on the fact that he has a famous brother, even using the slogan “Obama Here, Obama There.”
In a 2013 interview with GQ, Obama explained that Barack Obama’s election led to major changes in the village of Kogelo. Obama told the magazine:
You know, when my brother was elected president of the United States, electricity came here to Kogelo in three days flat. This road that you see was commissioned in three days flat. That electrical transformer you see out the window? Days! There is paved road all the way up to our home, piped water all the way to our home. The whole neighborhood has water. So the resources are there; it’s just a matter of how to allocate them. And it’s not a matter of ‘Obama’—but in this case, it was!
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