When I first saw that former president Barack Obama’s brother Malik did not seem to agree with him, and chose to support Trump for president while proudly sporting a red “make America great again” hat on his Twitter page, I actually chuckled. I’m no fan of Barack Obama’s policies to say the leat. And yet, after my initial amusement at the sight of a member of the Obama family supporting Trump, I realized that however funny it might be, something about it made me pause.
Perhaps the idea of one brother going against another in such a public, mocking way, made me cringe a little. I hated the former president’s politics, so it’s not fondness for Barack Obama’s legacy that makes me go “hmmm” when it comes to Malik.
On Thursday, Malik Obama tweeted a copy of what appears to be a birth certificate of Barack Obama, showing he was born in Kenya.
Surely. What’s this? pic.twitter.com/jaczNXTIv0
— Malik Obama (@ObamaMalik) March 9, 2017
Whether this image of the birth certificate is forged or real is not the point. It’s the fact that Malik Obama is choosing to share it now. Why? The document first appeared when a man named Lucas Smith offered it for sale on eBay in 2009.
In response to Malik tweeting the picture of the alleged birth certificate, The Daily Mail wrote a scathing article entitled Malicious Malik: Attention-seeking half-brother of Obama posts image of ex-president’s ‘Kenyan birth certificate’ while declaring his support for Trump in series of bizarre and bitter tweets.
The tone of the Daily Mail article seems pro Barack Obama, and anti-Trump. It uses phrases like “right-wing circles and conspiracy theorists.” However, it also links to some interesting history of how Malik Obama was perceived before he came out to support Trump.
For Years, Right-Wing Media Have Alleged That Malik Obama Has Links To Terror Organizations, according to Media Matters.
Malik has allegedly been linked to Hamas as well as the Muslim Brotherhood.
And yet on Malik Obama’s Twitter page he uses language normally employed by young members of the far right. Trendy words like “cuck.”
A new reality shaped by memetics. No thots. No cucks. No sleep. Only memes and staying woke.
— Malik Obama (@ObamaMalik) March 6, 2017
Malik also makes use of Pepe the Frog, and references “Kek“…
Kekistan:legislative session pic.twitter.com/zdGxYIui8y
— Malik Obama (@ObamaMalik) March 8, 2017
At times, it seems like Malik channels the spirit of a young alt-righter! But no, these are views being expressed by the middle aged brother of a leftist former president.
Does it seem odd that Malik Obama has gone from being allegedly linked to Muslim terrorist groups to becoming a vocal Trump supporter?
1. Malik is sincere, and standing up for what he believes is right.
2. Malik is angry at his brother, and trying to stick it to him.
3. He’s using the Obama name for his own ends, to get attention, money, etc.
4. The whole thing is a ruse. What better way to draw attention away from alleged Muslim terrorist associations than to show support for Donald Trump?
I don’t have the answer at this time, but if Malik is for real, he seems like a colorful person with a mind of his own. I will, however, keep my eyes open because at this time I’m not sure what to make of him.