Trump Invites Obama’s Half-Brother To Tonight’s Debate…Because He’s Desperate?

Trump Invites Obama’s Half-Brother To Tonight’s Debate…Because He’s Desperate?

Tonight’s third presidential debate will have in attendance President Obama’s half-brother, Malik Obama, courtesy of an invite from Donald Trump.

Presumably this is to get back at Obama for the President’s critical remarks yesterday, in which Obama responded to Trump’s claims of a rigged election by inviting Trump to “stop whining and go try to make his case to get votes.”

President Obama also made sure to explain that “There is no serious person out there who would suggest somehow that you could even rig America’s elections, in part, because they are so decentralized.”

As his usual baby self, Trump couldn’t let it go, and now Trump is bringing Obama’s step-brother (who is supporting Trump in the election) to the debate.

Trump’s plan is presumably to get inside Clinton’s head and psychologically distract her during the debate, but this absurd stunt seems to suggest that President Obama has gotten into Trump’s head and is psychologically distracting the Republican candidate.

The fact of the matter is that Trump will be debating Clinton, and not Obama, and as such Trump’s invitation to Malik Obama seems to prove the oft-repeated remark that Trump is temperamentally unfit to be president.

Given that Obama will not physically be at the debate, it appears as if Donald Trump is wasting his chance to repeat the classlessness that was his decision in the last debate to invite several women who have accused Bill Clinton of sexual assault.

The invitation of Malik Obama is not so classless as much as it is perplexingly impulsive. Such political juvenility might be easy red meat to throw to Trump voters mesmerized by Trump’s hyper-alpha-male-complex, but it will do little in convincing independents that Trump doesn’t have a terrible personality. It’s just one more desperate attempt to turn around a dying campaign.

Trump has also invited a mother whose son was lost in Benghazi, and shares Trump’s erroneous accusation that Hillary is personally to blame for the terror attack. Maybe Donald Trump’s plan is to at some point ask Hillary Clinton to personally apologize to her.

That would be the classless thing to do, so maybe we should be expecting it.

Levi Olson

Levi Olson

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