How Malik Obama Became A Twitter “Shitlord” And Alt-Right Darling
Perhaps the weirdest subplot in this years unprecedentedly weird presidential election was the bromance between Donald Trump and Malik Obama, President Obamas half-brother. In July, Malik, a 58-year-old with dual US and Kenyan citizenship, announced that he would support Trumps presidential bid. Shortly afterward, Trump welcomed his support on Twitter. By October, the Trump campaign invited Obama to the final presidential debate, where he snapped a photo alongside Kellyanne Conway.
Malik Obamas reasons for supporting Trump remain somewhat unclear and may stem from hard feelings he has towards his half-brother. But whatever the reason, that support was vehement, particularly on Twitter, where he was so adamantly pro-Trump that his account was often accused of being a parody.
But shortly before the election, Obama was verified by Twitter. And since that verification, something weird has happened: Malik Obama has gone full chanterculture, shitlord, troll, adopting much of the language and similar tactics to those used by the alt-right.
To wit: Obama frequently calls his opponents cucks. Obama discusses the Swahili meaning of the Harambe. Obama rails against fake news like CNN and the Huffington Post. Obama goes back and forth with Bill Mitchell. Obama assures his followers that he has not been spirit cooked (Pizzagate for satanic rite.) Obama shares Pepe memes of himself bearing the name Memelike Obameme. Etc.
Its a lot to take in: Barack Obamas half brother, who was the best man at the presidents wedding, is now a proud #MAGA-loving shitlord. How could a Kenyan immigrant who is only a few years away from social security, so quickly develop such a mastery of the current alt-right cultural memefield of tropes and jokes?
The only thing thats sure about the answer is that it involves Chuck Johnson in some way. According to both Obama and Johnson the notorious journalist and troll who was controversially kicked off Twitter for asking his followers for money so he could take out civil rights activist DeRay Mckesson its all very simple: the latter taught the former how to use Twitter really, really well. On Saturday, Obama tweeted
And lastly my people: Chuck Johnson taught me Twitter!
And responding to an email from BuzzFeed News asking how he had mastered Twitter so quickly, Obama wrote Its a wonderful medium for expressing oneself. Chuck Johnson got me started and my followers have taught me a lot. But most of it is just plain knack!
Reached via email, Johnson concurred. According to him, the two connected in the spring in Washington, DC (Obama lived for years in Maryland), where Johnson began teaching Obama his method.
I teach people neurolinguistic programming, Johnson wrote. I have them speak while they tweet so that it appears more conversational and I make sure that they tap into peoples emotions and not just their intellect. When Malik Obama told me he supported Donald Trump I helped him throughout the process.
But today, Wesearchr, Johnsons crowd-sourced investigations company, retweeted a tweet suggesting that Johnson had groomed Malik Obama as part of a master plan to get back at Twitter.
Be ChuckKicked off TwitterAct coolPlanBide timePlanBefriend president’s brotherAttack media from president’s bro’s verified account
Both Obama and Johnson denied that Johnson writes the presidents half-brothers tweets.
Malik Obama is a grown man who does his own tweets, Johnson wrote. I do my own stunts.
Theres no question that Johnson and Obama know each other they were photographed together for Johnsons other venture, a news site called GotNews.com.
Asked for details into how Johnson taught him Twitter, Malik Obama asked for a token payment of $1000. (Obama has a history of asking journalists for money; last year he asked a POLITICO reporter for $10,000 to talk.)
You want everything for free? he asked, when refused payment.