Obama's half-brother to vote for Trump

WASHINGTON - US president Barack Obama's half-brother, Malik Obama, says he will vote for Donald Trump because he "comes across as a straightforward guy".

Malik Obama, a Muslim with Kenyan and US citizenship, also told the BBC that the Republican presidential nominee's proposal for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the US was "common sense".

Mr Trump's plan - pitched as a security measure - has been widely condemned.

Malik Obama has accused the president of turning his back on his family.

He told the BBC's Newsday programme it was "sort of disappointing, somewhat hypocritical" that no representatives of the Obama family from Kenya were attending the Democratic convention, taking place in Philadelphia.

The president, he said, had "made a big deal about his heritage... and now it's a complete blackout".

Malik Obama, who said he was also voting for Mr Trump in order to shift his allegiance from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party.

The president's half-brother has reportedly lived in Washington since the mid-80s.

He is also an aspiring politician in Kenya, running for office in 2013, but failing in his bid to become governor of Siaya county.

Barack Obama was born in Hawaii to an American mother and a Kenyan father who left when he was two years old.

The president visited Kenya for the first time last year since his election in 2009.

Mr Trump, a billionaire property developer, is hoping to succeed him in November's election, where he will face Democratic Party candidate, Hillary Clinton. 


Comments (5)

He is entitled to his choice. Afterall he is a half-brother from another father. There are two worlds between them(half-brothers). Besides his allegiance to his brother will also be half as he is a half....

kakale - 27 July 2016

What is it with these Brothers even Moeletsi Mbeki has a totally opposite view on politics with his Brother Thabo Mbeki.

Kambiri - 27 July 2016

It's called sibling rivalry.....

Den - 27 July 2016

A typical entitlement mentality shown by this dude who expect his brother to carry him on his back. He is disappointed brother Barry did not take him with him to the white house. A stinking idiot, as stinking as those African politicians who expected Obama (after being elected president of the USA ) to channel all USA aid to them for their self enrichment in their corrupt political circles. After voting for Trump he will be the first black man to be deported back Kenya to join his fellow Masai under the foothills of Mt. Kili. That will save him right !

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 8 August 2016

kkkk African mentality aida ma representative eObama family kuConvention he thinks its a dynasty that presidency ngaatsvage mabasa

IsaacJnr - 8 August 2016

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