Exactly one year ago, Farah Stockman was framing President Obama’s visit to Kenya with a Boston Globe op-ed headlined “With Brothers Like Malik Obama, Who Needs Enemies?” She tied Malik’s comportment to such predecessors as Roger Clinton and Billy Carter.
Stockman, who now writes for The New York Times, first met Malik in Kenya in 2009, when she visited the town of Kogelo to try and interview the president’s step-grandmother.:
Malik flagged down my taxi and invited me inside. We chatted about Washington, D.C., where he’d briefly lived. He complained that journalists seeking information about his family failed to donate to his foundation. But it was a nice conversation. So imagine my surprise when he sent me an e-mail afterward accusing me of being a Republican operative out to destroy Obama’s presidency.
I asked him why he believed such baseless lies. He called me an arrogant white person.
Today, it is the turn of New York Post investigative reporter Isabel Vincent to give Malik the megaphone. Her front-page story, with its revelation that Malik, a registered voter in the state of Maryland, plans to come to the U.S. in the fall to cast a vote for Trump, has already been picked up by Fox News and tweeted about by The Donald:
The last straw, Malik said, came earlier this month when FBI director James Comey recommended not prosecuting Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton over her use of a private e-mail server while Secretary of State…
But what bothers him even more is the Democratic Party’s support of same-sex marriage.
“I feel like a Republican now because they don’t stand for same-sex marriage, and that appeals to me,” he said.
Thanks to Julian Assange, who remains based at Ecuador’s British embassy, and now Malik, it’s been a rough weekend for the DNC ahead of this week’s convention in Philadelphia. Vincent and Post colleague Melissa Klein also have a sidebar about how a check for $100,000 from tech mogul Ranvir Trehan briefly and mistakenly wound up in the hands of Malik’s foundation.
Wow, President Obama’s brother, Malik, just announced that he is voting for me. Was probably treated badly by president-like everybody else!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 24, 2016
P.S. Stockman won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for a series of columns examining race and education. One of those pieces was headlined “Donald Trump, Black Lives Matter and the Echoes of Busing.”