President Barack Obama’s half-brother, Malik Obama, revealed in an interview with Reuters that he plans to vote for GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump this November.
This news comes as a surprise considering Trump goes against all things President Obama stands for, and one would assume that his own sibling wouldn’t support such a polar opposite of his brother.
Malik admitted that he was disappointed with his brother’s leadership over the last eight years and agrees with Trump’s policies regarding security.
"He appeals to me and also I think that he is down to earth and he speaks from the heart and he is not trying to be politically correct. He's just straight-forward," he reportedly said.
Malik is a native of Kenya’s Kogelo Village — where he and Barack’s father was born before coming to the United States. However, he is a U.S. citizen working as an independent financial adviser and has lived in Washington since 1985.
Ironically, Malik agrees with Trump’s proposed Muslim ban even though he practices Islam.
"I'm a Muslim, of course, but you can't have people going around just shooting people and killing people just in the name of Islam," he said.
It should be noted, however, that Trump’s ban would apply to all Muslims, including Malik's own relatives who may want to pay him a visit from Kenya, but couldn’t if the ban were implemented.
Apparently, that little detail was either lost on him, or he just doesn’t care so long as his own place in America is secure.
Despite the fact that Malik and President Obama were once very close and Malik was even his brother’s best man in his wedding, he feels that he hasn’t lived up to the high expectations of the American people upon electing him back in 2008.
Malik seems to believe Trump could do much better. Once word of the interview got around to the GOP nominee, he wasted no time gloating on Twitter.
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 has no shame in publicly sharing criticisms of his brother as he declared, “To each his own. I speak my mind and I'm not going to be put in a box just because my brother is the President of the United States."
President Obama has been dragged through the mud since before he set foot into the White House, particularly by Republicans who have not only scrutinized his policies, but targeted his race and cultural heritage.
While America is a free country and Malik has every right to vote for whomever he pleases, it can’t be a good feeling for President Obama to know his brother supports such a divisive candidate and party.
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