President Barack Obama's half-brother from Kenya says he supports Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
“I like Donald Trump because he speaks from the heart,” Malik Obama told the New York Post from his home in the rural village of Kogelo. “Make America Great Again is a great slogan. I would like to meet him.”
Malik, 58, who is a lifelong Democrat, said he is deeply disappointed in his brother' administration, which caused him to switch to “the party of Lincoln.”
The straw that broke the camel’s back for him seems to be Clinton’s email scandal. Malik voiced anger over FBI Director James Comey refusing to prosecute Clinton in relation to abuse of private email servers while she was secretary of state.
“She should have known better as the custodian of classified information,” said Malik.
Among other things, Malik was upset when Barack and Clinton killed Libyan leader Moammar Khadafy, whom he considered one of his best friends.
“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.”
But Malik is even more perturbed by the Democratic Party’s support of same-sex marriage, according to WGHP.
“I feel like a Republican now because they don’t stand for same-sex marriage, and that appeals to me,” says Malik, who is said to have as many as 12 wives, according to local media reports.
In 2011, Malik made headlines when he married his third wife, who was still a teenager. Malik, who previously lived in Maryland and is registered to vote there, plans on traveling to the U.S. to vote for Trump in November.
Malik Obama is the eldest son of Barack Obama Sr. and started a controversial charity named after his father in 2008.
In 2011, the charity faced scrutiny when it was revealed that the organization wasn’t registered with the state of Virginia and was operating “off-the-books” with tax-exempt status. It was later given a stamp of approval from the IRS, leading to conjecture that the president had interfered.
But Obama family ties appear to be on the rocks. Malik was the best man at Barack’s wedding, but the last time he spoke to the president was a year ago when his brother declined to support his venture into politics when he ran for governor of Siaya, Kenya, in 2013.
Malik a lost the race and spent $20,000 of his own money on the failed campaign.
“I don’t think politics is my thing,” he told the Post. “Honestly, I’ll be happy when my brother is out of office, and I will finally be out of the limelight and be able to live like a human being.”
Come November, Malik will be wearing his “Make America Great Again” cap.
“Mr. Trump is providing something new and something fresh,” he said.