Evan McMullin

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Evan McMullin
McMullin, wearing a microphone, in front of the red and white stripes of a U.S. flag
McMullin in October 2016
Personal details
David Evan McMullin

(1976-04-02) April 2, 1976 (age 46)
Provo, Utah, U.S.
Political partyRepublican (Before 2016)
Independent (2016–present)
Alma materBrigham Young University
University of Pennsylvania
WebsiteCampaign website

David Evan McMullin[1] (born on April 2, 1976) is a former CIA operations officer and independent presidential candidate. He ran for office as an independent in the 2016 United States presidential election. He calls himself a conservative alternative to the main presidential candidates. McMullin did not win any states in the election, but he performed well in Utah, where he got 20% of the popular vote.[2]

Early life and career[change | change source]

McMullin was born on 2 April 1976 in Provo, Utah, to David McMullin and Lanie Bullard. At a young age, his family moved to a rural area outside of Seattle, Washington,[3] where his father worked as a computer scientist and his mother sold bulk foods to neighbors from the family's garage.[4][5]

He joined the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) after the September 11 attacks.

2016 Presidential campaign[change | change source]

On 8 August 2016, McMullin announced that he would run as a candidate for President of the United States in the 2016 presidential election as an independent.[6][7][8][9][10] He decided to run because he saw Donald Trump as being an unfit conservative candidate.

McMullin had the support of several anti-Trump Republican donors.[7][11][12] McMullin's campaign was supported by some members of the "Never Trump" movement.[13]

On 6 October, he named Mindy Finn to be his running mate.[14]

His support in Utah mainly arrived after a 2005 audio recording in which Donald Trump was heard bragging in about making unwanted sexual advances on women.[15]

After the 2016 campaign[change | change source]

After the 2016 campaign, McMullin became a strong critic of Trump and Putin.[16] In a December 2016, op-ed, McMullin blasted Trump as a threat to American constitutional government, saying that the president-elect's actions were "consistent with the authoritarian playbook" and "undermined critical democratic norms including peaceful debate and transitions of power, commitment to truth, freedom from foreign interference and abstention from the use of executive power for political retribution."[17]

To answer if there was any possibility of him running for Jason Chaffetz's seat in 2018, he said: "It is likely that I will seek public office again. That might be in 2018 or it might be sometime down the road, perhaps very far down the road. I genuinely just don't know yet. I'm very focused on things that I think need to be done ASAP and Mindy Finn and I, with our team at Stand Up Republic, advancing them now. It is possible that I will challenge Chaffetz or Senator Hatch, but there are a lot of factors that go into that decision." In the end, he did not run for either office.[18]

On October 5, 2021, McMullin launched an independent campaign to unseat U.S. Senator Mike Lee in the 2022 election.[19][20][21]

Presidential results[change | change source]

Below is a table showing his performance in various states. He did not win any state, so subsequently, he did not win any electoral votes.

Place State Votes %
1  Utah 207,288 21.05%
2  Idaho 46,702 6.72%
3  Minnesota 53,075 1.80%
4  Virginia 54,054 1.36%
5  Kentucky 22,780 1.18%
6  Arkansas 13,187 1.17%
7  Colorado 28,765 1.04%
8  South Carolina 21,016 1.00%
9  Iowa 12,331 0.79%
10  New Mexico 5,722 0.72%
11  Louisiana 8,547 0.42%
12  Texas 20,227 0.23%
13  Vermont 629 0.20%
14  Connecticut 1,481 0.10%
15  Missouri 1,372 0.05%

Political beliefs[change | change source]

McMullin is against abortion.[22][23] He also wants to overturn Roe v. Wade. He said that we would want to reduce unintended pregnancies and promote adoption.

He believes in the "traditional marriage between a man and a woman," but "respects" the Obergefell v. Hodges decision (which allowed same-sex marriage nationwide) and wants to "move on" from the issue.[24]

McMullin supports free trade,[25] and believes that it has a lot of benefits. He supports NAFTA and the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership.

He also wants to reduce the corporate tax, individual income tax.[26] and the estate tax.[27]

He wants to cut some support of programs like Social Security, and raise the retirement age.

McMullin is one of the few conservatives in the United States who believes in climate change that is caused by humans. He said,"I do believe that the climate is changing, and I do believe that human activity is contributing to it. If I were president, I would increase investment in technologies that can help us limit and decrease our carbon emissions."[23]

On immigration, McMullin supports more border security but not mass deportation.[25]

McMullin supports the part of Obamacare that doesn't allow health insurance companies to deny coverage against people with preexisting conditions. However, he also said that "we also need to do better than ObamaCare."[28]

McMullin admires foreign leaders like Benjamin Netanyahu and Shinzō Abe.[29]

He believes that Donald Trump, the Republican candidate, has an "allegiance to Russian President Vladimir Putin." McMullin accused Putin of trying to destabilize European and North American countries "through fomenting discord between different racial groups, different ethnic groups and different religious groups."[30]

McMullin supports keeping the Guantanamo Bay detention camp open[25] and opposes the use of torture and has criticized Trump's support for it.[31]

References[change | change source]

  1. "David Evan McMullin (Evan) – Congressional Staffer Salary Data". legistorm.com. Retrieved August 8, 2016.
  2. David Montero, In conservative Utah, Trump underperforms, but so does McMullin, Los Angeles Times (November 9, 2016).
  3. Hugh Hewitt Show (August 9, 2016). "Presidential Hopeful Evan McMullin – Full Interview on The Hugh Hewitt Show – 8/9/16" – via YouTube.
  4. Canham, Matt (October 26, 2016). "Who is Evan McMullin? An unorthodox presidential contender who has led an unusual life". Salt Lake Tribune. Salt Lake City, Utah. Retrieved November 2, 2016.
  5. McMullin, Evan. "About Evan McMullin". Evan McMullin for President. Archived from the original on September 11, 2016. Retrieved September 24, 2016.
  6. Haberman, Maggie (August 8, 2016). "Evan McMullin, Anti-Trump Republican, Is Said to Plan Independent Presidential Bid". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved August 8, 2016.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Coppins, McKay (August 8, 2016). "Anti-Trump Republican Launching Independent Presidential Bid". BuzzFeed News. Retrieved August 8, 2016.
  8. "Joe Scarborough: Evan McMullin Will Launch Independent Presidential Bid". hinterlandgazette.com. Hinterland Gazette. August 8, 2016. Archived from the original on October 20, 2016. Retrieved August 8, 2016.
  9. "Anti-Trump Republican Evan McMullin to launch independent bid for presidency". Politico. Retrieved August 8, 2016.
  10. Twitter page ("Standing up to run for president because it’s never too late to do the right thing.") Retrieved August 8, 2016
  11. "Evan McMullin: Independent candidate launches presidential bid". BBC News. Retrieved August 8, 2016.
  12. Alvarez, Priscilla. "Anti-Trump Republicans Take One More Shot at the White House". The Atlantic. Retrieved August 8, 2016.
  13. Gambino, Sabrina Siddiqui Lauren; York, Amber Jamieson in New (August 8, 2016). "Republican Evan McMullin to launch presidential run against Trump" – via The Guardian.
  14. "Presidential Candidate Evan McMullin Picks Mindy Finn as Running Mate". ABC News. Retrieved October 7, 2016.
  15. "Trump's lurid tape just made Evan McMullin relevant". Politico. October 13, 2016.
  16. Jennifer Rubin. "Opinion | Evan McMullin makes a splash by going after Trump and Putin". Washington Post. Retrieved 2019-11-23.
  17. McMullin, Evan (2016-12-05). "Opinion | Trump's Threat to the Constitution". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-11-23.
  18. Evan McMullin, Republicans, Protect the Nation, New York Times (February 17, 2017).
  19. Forgey, Quint (5 October 2021). "Evan McMullin announces Utah Senate bid". POLITICO. Archived from the original on 5 October 2021. Retrieved 5 October 2021.
  20. Romboy, Dennis (5 October 2021). "Former independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin sets his sights on Utah Sen. Mike Lee". Deseret News. Archived from the original on 5 October 2021. Retrieved 5 October 2021.
  21. Gehrke, Robert (4 October 2021). "One-time presidential candidate Evan McMullin will mount an independent bid to oust Republican Sen. Mike Lee, Robert Gehrke reports". The Salt Lake Tribune. Archived from the original on 4 October 2021. Retrieved 4 October 2021.
  22. "On the Issues: Life". Evan McMullin for President. Archived from the original on August 8, 2016. Retrieved August 8, 2016.
  23. 23.0 23.1 5 Takeaways From Independent Presidential Candidate Evan McMullin, WBUR (October 17, 2016).
  24. "Independent Presidential Candidate Evan McMullin on Same-Sex Marriage, CIA, Goldman Sachs". Bloomberg.com. August 10, 2016. Retrieved August 10, 2016.
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 Jennifer Rubin (August 18, 2016). "Interview with Evan McMullin, the center-right candidate". Washington Post. Retrieved August 19, 2016.
  26. Dennis Romboy & Lisa Riley Roche, Presidential candidate Evan McMullin running to win, start new conservative movement Archived 2016-12-18 at the Wayback Machine, Deseret News (October 14, 2016).
  27. Evan McMullin’s political views on estate tax Archived 2016-10-22 at the Wayback Machine, ISideWith: "Evan McMullin personally submitted this answer on September 6th, 2016."
  28. Byrnes, Jesse (August 18, 2016). "McMullin: Trump 'trying to tear the country apart'". The Hill. Retrieved August 19, 2016.
  29. Who Is Evan McMullin? Ft. Austin Petersen (October 6, 2016).
  30. Jacobs, Ben (September 20, 2016). "Evan McMullin on his presidential bid: 'Someone needed to step up' to Trump". The Guardian. Retrieved October 11, 2016.
  31. Michael Walsh, Independent candidate Evan McMullin: Trump is tapping into America's 'darkest prejudices', Yahoo News (August 12, 2016).

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