Trump Invites Obama's Half-Brother to Debate

This could be 'most raucous' debate ever
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 19, 2016 5:27 AM CDT
Updated Oct 19, 2016 5:50 AM CDT
Trump Invites Obama's Half-Brother to Debate
The moderator casts a long shadow as students stand in for the candidates during a debate rehearsal at UNLV Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016.   (AP Photo/John Locher)

With Roger Clinton apparently unavailable, Donald Trump has decided to invite another troublesome presidential sibling to Wednesday night's final presidential debate in Las Vegas: Malik Obama, President Obama's Trump-supporting half-brother. "I'm excited to be at the debate. Trump can make America great again," Malik, who divides his time between Kenya and Washington, DC, tells Page Six. More on the final presidential debate, which analysts suspect will make next month's Manny Pacquiao-Jesse Vargas fight in Vegas seem gentle by comparison:

  • "Tomorrow night's going to be interesting," Trump told a rally in Colorado Tuesday night. "Now she’s home sleeping and I'm working so—it's the way it’s going to be in the White House, too. She'd be sleeping, I’d be working."
  • The Las Vegas Sun reports that Hillary Clinton's debate guests will include Nevadans Kelly Ortiz, an 11-year-old who told the Democratic National Convention how she fears coming home to find that her parents have been deported, and pro-union Trump International Hotel housekeeper Ofelia Diaz Cardenas.

  • Sources tell ABC that Trump has done a lot more prep for this debate than the first two, spending much of Sunday and Monday working with top aides and advisers including Chris Christie, who was Trump's sparring partner during a rapid-fire question session.
  • With both candidates trying to land knockout blows after two ugly debates, analysts are not expecting the evening to be dominated by dry discussions of fiscal policy. "The first two debates were just warm-ups for what might be the most raucous and wild debate in American history," Jake Thompson, an associate professor and debate coach at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where the 90-minute debate will be held, tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
  • The Hill lists five things to watch out for in the debate, including whether the candidates shake hands, whether Trump has any wild cards left to play—and whether Clinton will play it safe or "go for the kill."
  • The New York Times looks at how the debate is also a huge night for Fox News in the wake of a troubled year. Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace will become the first journalist from his network to moderate a general-election debate.
  • The Los Angeles Times reports that before the debate, the Culinary Union plans to put a "wall" of at least five taco trucks outside the Trump International Hotel Las Vegas.
(More presidential debate stories.)

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