Awkward! Donald Trump will have a special guest for the final debate on Oct. 19. President Barack Obama’s half-brother, Malik Obama, will cheer on Trump as he faces Hillary Clinton. This is some first class political-family drama, so get to know all about Malik.
1. Malik’s ready to “Make America Great Again.”
Even though Barack, 55, isn’t the one running, Donald, 70, has invited Malik, 58, as a guest for the final presidential debate with Hillary, 68, according to the New York Post. Why is Malik coming? Maybe it’s because he’s one of Trump’s biggest fans? “I’m excited to be at the debate,” he said. “Trump can make America great again.”
2. He didn’t meet his half-brother until he was in his mid-twenties.
Barack and Malik share the same father, Barack Obama Sr.. Malik, son of Barack Sr.’s first wife, Kezia Obama, was born and raised in Nairobi. He finally met his soon-to-be-presidential bro (son of Barack Sr.’s second wife, Ann Dunham) when Malik moved to the US in 1985. Malik (who became an American citizen) splits his time between Washington D.C. and Kenya.
3. Malik is no fan of Hillary Clinton.
After FBI director James Come, 55, criticized Hillary without following through with a prosecution, Malik decided to vote Republican, per Heavy.com. “She should have known better as the custodian of classified information,” Malik said. He’s also voting for the GOP because “they don’t stand for same-sex marriage and that appeals to me.”
4. He’s been surrounded by controversy.
Malik joins Billy Carter and Roger Clinton Jr., 60, in the club of “Controversial Presidential Brothers.” In 2011, Malik was in the headlines when he took a third wife, one who happened to still be a teenager. He also came under fire for the Barack H. Obama Foundation (named after his father) supposedly meant to make a difference in the Obama’s home village in Kenya. Yet, the New York Post revealed it was an off-the-books operation until the IRS approved its tax-exempt status.
5. Barack and his brother aren’t that close anymore.
Malik was Barack’s best man at his wedding to Michelle Obama, 52. Despite this, the last time they’ve met was in 2015. Perhaps their relationship has dwindled because that year, Malik accused Barack of not being his half-brother at all!
While speaking with documentary filmmaker Joel Gilbert, 52, Malik claimed that instead of Barack Sr., the US President’s real father was Frank Marshall Davis. With Malik supporting Trump for the last debate, it’s unlikely these two bros will patch things up anytime soon.
What do you think about Malik being Donald’s guest at the last presidential debate, HollywoodLifers? Do you think that will give Trump an edge?