President Obama’s half brother Malik says that he “likes Donald Trump because he speaks from the heart. Make America Great Again is a great slogan. I would like to meet him.” America hasn’t been so great under Obama, but his presidency has been great for the Republicans, which are now the majority party in both the Senate and the House. Thirty-one of the fifty states also have Republican governors.
Reuters reports that Malik Obama likes Trump’s straightforward nature. “He appeals to me, and also I think that he is down to earth…and he is not trying to be politically correct,” Malik Obama said. In particular, Malik is a fan of Trump’s focus on security, and went on to say that he understands Trump’s controversial stance on Muslims: “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.”
In true Trump fashion, The Donald tweeted out about Malik’s support, saying “he was probably treated badly by the president-like everybody else!”
Malik and Barak are not exactly close. Apparently Malik is not happy that his bro didn’t help him in his own quest for politics, according to the New York Post. Malik ran for governor of the county of Siaya in Kenya in 2013.
The 58-year-old Malik Obama is a long-time Democrat, but expressed “deep disappointment” in his brother’s administration—so much so that he recently switched to “the party of Lincoln”. Malik has criticized his little brother for his record in the White House and for not doing much for the American people. The final catalyst, he says, was when FBI Director Comey did not pursue prosecution of Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server while in the role of Secretary of State. “She should have known better as the custodian of classified information,” said Obama.
“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,” Malik Obama told Reuters.
The elder Obama brother is a registered voter in Maryland, having worked there for many years as an accountant. He plans to travel back to the United States to vote for Trump in November.