Donald Trump is easily triggered.
On the same day that President Barack Obama called on him to not whine so much about losing, the Republican nominee to succeed him in the White House responded by inviting his half-brother Malik to attend Wednesday’s third and final presidential debate in Las Vegas.
“I look very much forward to meeting and being with Malik,” Trump told The New York Post’s Page Six, which apparently landed the world exclusive. “He gets it far better than his brother.”
Barack Obama is not on the Democratic ticket in November, but somehow Trump thinks it’s a great strategy to use his half-brother as a prop against his actual rival, Hillary Clinton.
Her campaign’s press secretary responded to Trump’s play on Twitter:
The former reality star pulled a similar stunt right before the second debate earlier this month, when he sought to distract from his on-the-record predilection for groping women by hosting a press conference with three women who have accused former President Bill Clinton of sexual misconduct, and one woman who says Hillary Clinton was unsympathetic to her when Clinton was a public defender.
None of this has anything to do with actual policy positions or making America great again — and may in fact bury an ethics-in-government proposal the Trump campaign unveiled Tuesday. All of that is now in the rearview mirror.
Malik Obama came out as pro-Trump in July, and pro-Trump Breitbart nabbed the scoop then — from Agence France-Presse, which interviewed Malik Obama from Nairobi, Kenya.
“This Trump guy is a really cool guy and I like him because he speaks from his heart and he is so down to earth,” said the older Obama then. The wire service reported he held dual citizenship in both the U.S. and Kenya and that he has voted in American elections since the 1980s.
Trump may soon have something in common with Malik Obama: HuffPost Pollster shows it’s likely the magnate will lose by significant margins come Election Day, much like when Malik Obama lost a bid for a Kenyan governorship in 2013, also by big margins.
“If my brother is doing great things for people in the United States, why can’t I do great things for Kenyans here?” Malik Obama told Reuters ahead of that election, where he finished in a distant third place.
CORRECTION: An earlier version mischaracterized the assemblage of women at Trump’s pre-debate press conference. Three of the four women who appeared have accused Bill Clinton of sexual misconduct.
Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.