The 2016 election has taken another strange twist. A total newcomer to elective politics has thrown his hat into the presidential race.
Here are the details from Newsmax.com:
“Evan McMullin, chief policy director of the House Republican Conference and an alumnus of the CIA, announced Monday that he is launching a third-party presidential campaign. He has also brought a campaign website online.
“‘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 ABC News.
“‘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.'”
McMullin was also a Mormon missionary in Amman, Jordan for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. He was in training at the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia at the time of the 9/11 attacks. After completing his training, McMullin volunteered to serve in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia, where he worked with counterterrorism and intelligence operations in some of the most dangerous nations, according to Better for America.
After leaving the CIA in 2011, McMullin went to work at Goldman Sachs in San Francisco, and two years later became a national security adviser for the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, later becoming the chief policy director of the House Republican Conference.
His candidacy was first announced on MSNBC’s Morning Joe show, where Joe Scarborough had this to say:
“I could be wrong at 7:04 [a.m.] but several good sources told me that people, er, Republicans, from let’s just say, ‘Never Trump land,’ found somebody and they’re going to put good money behind him.”
McMullin’s entry into the presidential race – and less than 90 days until Election Day – is a first in American politics. He’s a virtual unknown to almost all voters, and his background with the CIA and Goldman Sachs make him look like another Washington insider. And voters have not been kind to political insiders this election cycle.
Do you think McMullin’s candidacy is a legitimate 3rd-party attempt to put a ‘true conservative’ in the race, or is it a last-ditch attempt by Republican insiders to derail Donald Trump?
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