The GOP establishment is still trying to take Donald Trump down even though he has already secured the Republican presidential nomination. Now, they have entered a new candidate in the race in the hopes of beating The Donald.
The Political Insider reported that Evan McMullin, a Republican and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) veteran who is the chief policy director for the U.S. House Republican conference, is preparing to enter the race as an Independent. Sources have confirmed that McMullin is being backed by veteran Republican strategist Rick Wilson along with major Republican donors.
Joe Scarborough, a former GOP congressman from Florida and host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” was the first to report the pending announcement. Scarborough said that McMullin will try to get on the ballot of 20-30 states and that his campaign “has more to do with stopping Donald Trump than actually electing a president.”
“Certainly they still believe they can go past the 270 [electoral votes] threshold so this person will be able to be in debates,” Scarborough said.
McMullin served in the national clandestine service of the CIA from 1999-2010, and during that time he managed clandestine operations related to counterterrorism and other issues. After leaving the CIA, he went to work at Goldman Sachs in San Francisco for two years before working for another two years as a senior advisor at the House Foreign Affairs Committee and a little under two years as chief policy director at the House Republican Conference.
McMullin regularly speaks out against Trump on Twitter.
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