An Obama not by the name of Barack is making headlines this week. Malik Obama, the president's Kenyan-born half-brother, will make an appearance at Wednesday’s third presidential debate to show his support for GOP nominee Donald Trump.
“I’m excited to be at the debate. Trump can make America great again,” Malik told The New York Post.
Trump responded by saying, "I look very much forward to meeting and being with Malik. He gets it far better than his brother.”
A longtime Democrat, Malik officially endorsed Trump in July. He disapproves of Democrats' support for LGBT rights and has repeatedly spoken out against Hillary Clinton, calling her a “liar.” The 58-year-old opposed Clinton’s work as secretary of state, claiming that Libya’s longtime ruler Muammar Gaddafi had been a friend and adding, “check out the situation in Libya now.”
While fielding questions about Donald Trump, Malik also told the New York Post he does not believe the nine women who have come forward to accuse Trump of sexual misconduct, asking, “Why didn’t they come forward before?”
Holding dual Kenyan and American citizenship, Malik is the eldest son of Barack Obama Sr. and his first wife, Kezia, and one of seven half-siblings of the U.S. president. When not in Kenya, he oversees the Barack H. Obama Foundation to support the family’s village of Kogelo, Kenya.
Malik has expressed resentment that President Obama has not helped him with his foundation and has criticized the president for being “hands-off” and “formal” at a White House visit in August 2015.
This isn’t the first time Donald Trump has brought out controversial guests at a high stakes debate. At the second debate earlier this month, Trump invited four women who accused Bill Clinton of sexual misconduct to sit in the audience.