David Evan McMullin (born April 2, 1976) is a liberal political figure who poses as a "conservative." He was an independent candidate for President of the United States in the 2016 presidential election, and he also was the former chief policy director for the House Republican Conference in the U.S. House of Representatives and a former CIA operations officer.
McMullin was born in Provo, Utah, and grew up outside Seattle, Washington. He is a 1994 graduate of Auburn Senior High School in Auburn, Washington, went on an LDS mission to Brazil and then attended Brigham Young University where he received a Bachelor's degree in International Law and Diplomacy in 2001. In 2001, McMillin received a Master's of Business Administration degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
McMullin first worked in Amman, Jordan, as a Volunteer Refugee Resettlement Officer for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. He worked for the Central Intelligence Agency from 2001 until 2011, working overseas on counterterrorism and intelligence operations in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia as an undercover operations officer with the National Clandestine Service. In 2011, McMullin worked as an investment banker for Goldman Sachs.
On August 8, 2016, McMullin announced that he would run as a candidate for President of the United States in the 2016 presidential election, expressing disappointment with the other candidates. He was supported by the liberal Never Trump movement. He was a registered Republican prior to his independent bid. McMullin was on the ballot in at least eight states: Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, Utah and Virginia. His running mate was Nathan Johnson. He was not invited to participate in the Presidential Debates.
Some Never Trump Republicans formed a super PAC called "Stand Up America" to support McMullin's campaign.
In February 2017, McMullin claimed that President Trump represented a "domestic threat" to the United States, and he justified intelligence agents to broke the law releasing classified information. His behavior and anti-Trump attacks, as well as his refusal to give Trump a chance to show himself to be a conservative president, became so outrageous that even other anti-Trumpers who endorsed him, such as Erick Erickson, turned away from him.
McMullin further illustrated that he was a left-winger when he accused GOP Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie – a moderate, establishment, George W. Bush protégé who showed little support for President Trump – of somehow supporting "white nationalism" due to taking relatively conservative positions on "sanctuary" cities, and he implicitly endorsed his left-wing Democrat opponent. Later in 2017, a political organization co-founded by McMullin (which also supports a constant flow of Middle Eastern migrants into the U.S.) decided to spend $500,000 to attack conservative U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, who was facing off against a liberal Democrat opponent in the general election. McMullin also urged globalist Mitt Romney to run for U.S. Senate in Utah.
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- Kassam, Raheem (November 7, 2017). Kassam: The Republican Swamp Got the Loss They Wanted; Now, They’re Going to Try to Tame Us. Breitbart News. Retrieved November 8, 2017.
- Binder, John (December 9, 2017). Evan McMullin Group Targeting Roy Moore Wants Constant Flow of Middle East Migration to U.S. Breitbart News. Retrieved December 9, 2017.
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