Barack Obama’s Half Brother Malik Endorses GOP Candidate Doug Mastriano
Pennsylvania Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano received an unlikely endorsement on Sunday — from former President Barack Obama’s half brother, Malik Obama.
According to the New York Post, Malik Obama is former President Barack Obama’s older brother and the son of Barack Obama Sr., the 44th president’s father.
Malik noted his endorsement for Mastriano in a Sunday tweet. His endorsement came in response to a post from conservative author and podcast host Jack Posobiec who suggested Malik Obama should “check him out.”
Malik responded by posting: “If he’s with President Trump then I’m with @dougmastriano Pennsylvania Senator PA District 33.”
If he's with President Trump then I'm with @dougmastriano Pennsylvania Senator PA District 33.— Malik Obama (@ObamaMalik) October 2, 2022
Mastriano won the GOP primary after receiving the endorsement of former President Donald Trump. Pennsylvania’s gubernatorial race is said to be one of the closest governor’s races this November.
Former President Donald Trump has been unequivocal in his support for Mastriano, saying in a statement that there is “no one in Pennsylvania who has done more, or fought harder, for election integrity than state Senator Doug Mastriano.”
Mastriano will face Democratic Josh Shapiro, who received an endorsement from former President Barack Obama when he ran in 2020 for the position of Pennsylvania attorney general.
Shapiro’s campaign focuses on supporting pro-abortion initiatives, expanding access to “reproductive care” and “veto[ing] any efforts to restrict mail-in voting, expand early voting, and set up automatic voter registration.”
Recent polls show Shapiro is leading the race.
Malik Obama has opposed his younger brother Barack’s political agenda in the past. He told reporters in 2016 that he would vote for Trump for president though he was a registered Democrat.
Malik, who lived for a time in Maryland, was in Kenya in 2016 when interviewed by the New York Post. At the time, he said, “I like Donald Trump because he speaks from the heart. ‘Make America Great Again’ is a great slogan. I would like to meet him.”
In the interview with the Post, Malik said “he was disappointed that the FBI had decided not to prosecute Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton over the controversial use of a private email server for public communications while she was secretary of state,” according to the Western Journal.
In response to Malik’s interview with the New York Post, Trump wrote on Facebook: “Wow, President Obama’s brother, Malik, just announced that he is voting for me.”
Trump added that he “was probably treated badly by [the] president—like everybody else!”
Last month Malik Obama noted he has not spoken with former President Barack Obama since 2015, citing opposing political views.
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