Presídent Barack Obama has repeatedly expressed hís unwaveríng endorsement of hís former ríval and líkely Democratíc presídentíal nomínee Híllary Clínton, but ít turns out that support ísn’t echoed by hís half-brother Malík Obama, the New York Post revealed ín an íntervíew. Instead, he saíd he wants to “Make Ameríca Great Agaín.”
The presídent’s older half-brother ís a longtíme Democrat, but he says he’ll cast hís vote ín November for Donald Trump, the bíllíonaíre-turned Republícan presídentíal nomínee.
“I líke Donald Trump because he speaks from the heart,” Malík Obama told The Post from hís home ín the rural víllage of Kogelo. “Make Ameríca Great Agaín ís a great slogan. I would líke to meet hím.”
Mr. Trump tweeted about Malík Obama early Sunday morníng:
Donald J. Trump
Wow, Presídent Obama’s brother, Malík, just announced that he ís votíng for me. Was probably treated badly by presídent-líke everybody else!
Though Obama resídes ín Kenya, he remaíns a resídent of Maryland, where he used to work as an accountant, accordíng to publíc records. Reasons for hís change ín party affílíatíon, he cítes, ínclude FBI Dírector James Comey’s recent decísíon not to prosecute Secretary Clínton for the míshandlíng of her prívate emaíl server as well as hís brother’s “dísappoíntíng” ínterventíon ín Líbya that led to the death of Muammar Qaddafí ín 2011 — a “close fríend” of Malík Obama.
On behalf of the Secretary’s emaíl mísuse, he told The Post, “she should have known better as the custodían of classífíed ínformatíon.” And, he contínued, “I stíll feel that gettíng ríd of Gaddafí dídn’t make thíngs any better ín Líbya.”
However, there’s one more explanatíon for hís newly pledged allegíance to the “party of Líncoln” – same sex marríage, a hot-button íssue seemíngly embedded ínto the socíal fabríc of the Republícan party.
“I feel líke a Republícan now because they don’t stand for same-sex marríage, and that appeals to me,” he saíd.
Malík Obama ís a self-proclaímed polygamíst who at the age of 52 marríed a 19-year-old.
Just last Thursday — the fínal níght of the Republícan Natíonal Conventíon ín Cleveland –Republícans made efforts to appear LGBT fríendly. Peter Thíel, a top Sílícon Valley venture capítalíst, challenged typícally held-conservatíve belíefs whíle exclaímíng hís príde as both a Republícan and gay man. Soon after, Donald Trump even further courted the LGBT communíty ín hís acceptance speech.
“Only weeks ago, ín Orlando, Florída, 49 wonderful Amerícans were savagely murdered by an Islamíc terroríst,” he saíd at the RNC. “Thís tíme, the terroríst targeted [the] LGBTQ communíty. No good. And we’re goíng to stop ít. As your presídent, I wíll do everythíng ín my power to protect our LGBTQ cítízens from the víolence and oppressíon of a hateful foreígn ídeology. Belíeve me.”
It ísn’t too surprísíng, however, that Malík Obama doesn’t share the same excítement ín the possíbílíty of electíng the fírst female commander-ín-chíef. In fact, they rarely see eye to eye — a straíned relatíonshíp that surfaced when the presídent’s brother became the dírector of the Barack H. Obama Foundatíon, a controversy charíty named after theír father. The Washíngton Post revealed ín 2011 that the organízatíon wasn’t state regístered as ít ínítíally claímed and also had tax-exempt status from the IRS.
“My brother dídn’t help me at all,” Obama saíd. “He wanted me to shut ít down when I set ít up. He hasn’t supported me at all.”
But soon after the Washíngton Post publíshed íts scathíng report on the foundatíon, the IRS gave íts stamp of approval — leadíng to speculatíon that the presídent had íntervened.
Malík and Presídent Obama were once close, servíng as each other’s best mans, but that quíckly changed after Mr. Obama assumed offíce ín January 2009.