Anti-Trump republican Evan McMullin announces independent run for president

Anti-Trump republican Evan McMullin announces independent run for presidentEvan McMullin, the former C.I.A. official and the former chief policy director for Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives, announced Monday that he would run for president as an independent conservative candidate.

"In a year where Americans have lost faith in the candidates of both major parties, it’s time for a generation of new leadership to step up," McMullin told in a statement.

"It’s never too late to do the right thing, and America deserves much better than either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton can offer us. I humbly offer myself as a leader who can give millions of disaffected Americans a conservative choice for President."

Mr. McMullin is strongly opposed to both Mr. Trump and Mss. Clinton. But his harshest words, and his clearest motivation, appeared to come from Mr. Trump’s candidacy:

“Really what’s impacted me is the way Trump’s treated our veterans, our heroes. The things he said about John McCain, the things he said about the Khan family, and Mrs. Khan.”

Still McMullin is completely unknown to general public. But he is said to be backed by the group Better for America, which were seeking for their own candidate. The group is backed by Mitt Romney’s supporter donor John Kingston. Rick Wilson, a Republican consultant and Trump foe, is the main strategist on the effort.

McMullin has already missed deadline for filing as an independent presidential candidate in 26 states. Indeed he's already missed so many state deadlines that he literally can't win an Electoral College majority.

But he could be competitive at least in one state. Polling shows that Mr. Trump’s support in Utah is very low for a Republican presidential candidate. But Mr. McMullin, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, studied in Utah and could take votes from Mr. Trump in the heavily Mormon state.

If Mr. McMullin is competitive nowhere else but Utah, he still could nonetheless have an effect on the race, taking some votes from Mr. Trump. Also Mr. McMullin could be a more appealing option potentially to conservatives who don’t want to support Mr. Trump, but also strongly dislike Mrs. Clinton.
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