Is Obama’s half-brother really coming to the debate? Trump does love his “surprise guests”
Seriously, Donald Trump has no shame when it comes to turning the political process into a three-ring circus. Really, I hope on election night, he’s riding a unicycle with little monkeys on his shoulders at Trump Tower. Get this: On Wednesday, Trump announced that he’s bringing President Obama’s half-brother to the debate in Las Vegas. So let’s discuss — was it more crass to bring the four women who have accused Bill Clinton of rape and assault and sit them in the town hall forum or is bringing Malik Obama worse? It’s kind of a toss up.
There are a few optical reasons for bringing Obama’s brother. First, he was born in Kenya, where Trump used to insist Barack was from, so there’s the whole “ghost of a birther scandal” thing. Then there’s the fact that Malik, who is now an American citizen, is a Trump supporter. So there’s a chance that the king of bankruptcies will get to say, “Even Obama’s own brother doesn’t agree with him.” Last time, it was clear Trump was looking to rattle Clinton with his guests (he didn’t succeed, it seemed). If Juanita Broderrick can’t shake Clinton, why would Malik?
Actually, it’s a really stupid move by Trump’s campaign.
His other guest is Patricia Smith, the mother of Benghazi victim Sean Smith who accused Clinton of “murdering” her son at the Republican National Convention. But get this — Malik has said in the past that the deceased Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi was one of his best friends, according to The New York Post. So, if anything it could be really awkward for Smith. Trump’s already trying to take advantage of her mourning for his own political advantage.
It’s really just hard to watch him — first use women who claim they’ve been sexually assaulted, then a grieving mother to trash Clinton. If he wanted to trash Clinton, there are better, more productive ways of doing it. It’s almost like Trump’s advisors couldn’t talk him out of a stupid idea. Also, there are images of Malik wearing Hamas scarves with anti-Israel slogans circling around the internet. His support isn’t something Trump should be all that proud of, but again, there are a lot of Trump supporters that he shouldn’t be proud of.
Clinton is bringing billionaire and Trump-troll Mark Cuban to the debate, along with Meg Whitman, the CEO of Hewlett Packard — both wealthy Republicans who aren’t voting for Trump. So they’re both playing the game, but Trump is just way more extreme.