Malik Obama is exactly the kind of man that Donald Trump says he’d like to keep out of the United States. He’s a Muslim. He comes from Kenya, a country that has been racked by unrest in recent years and has been the target of terrorists from Somalia, who have fashioned themselves as Islamists. He currently has between three and 12 wives — he won’t say exactly how many — and, clearly, doesn’t adhere to traditional American family values, however you might define them.
But Malik Obama is a naturalized U.S. citizen, and he’s the half brother of the current U.S. president. Most importantly, however, he is an ardent supporter of Donald Trump. At the Trump campaign’s request, Malik Obama will be in the audience of tonight’s presidential debate in Las Vegas, allowing Trump and his faithful to collectively thumb their nose at President Obama and his favored successor, Hillary Clinton.
It wasn’t always this way. Malik Obama was his half brother’s best man when Barack Obama married Michelle. Barack Obama performed the same role at one of Malik’s weddings.
When GQ profiled Malik in 2013, Malik Obama claimed that he and his half brother shared a knack for leadership because it is “all in the genes.”