By Tauren Dyson
President Barack Obama became “cold and ruthless” once he took office and abandoned his family in Kenya when they were most in need, according to a book from his half-brother Malik Obama.
“He got rich and became a snob,” Malik, 62, told The New York Post via Skype. “What I saw was he was the kind of person that wants people to worship him. He needs to be worshiped and I don’t do that. I am his older brother so I don’t do that.”
In “Big Bad Brother From Kenya,” a self-published memoir that Malik Obama has been writing for the last 22 years, he details the slow but eventual fall out between him and Barack. The rift forced Malik to endorse Donald Trump for president in 2016.
“We had a big fight on the phone because he was not in support and insisted I shut down the website and not continue with the foundation. He had his reasons but I was not having any of it,” Malik writes, describing a tumultuous phone call just before the 2009 inauguration. “We talked late into the night that night. He threatened to ‘cut me off’ if I continued with the idea,” He told the New York Post.
The president likely wanted to distance himself from the foundation, which failed to register as a tax-exempt, federally recognized nonprofit, yet still claimed it was. The foundation is still around, but it’s raised less than $50,000 annually since 2011, tax filings showed.