Conservative candidate to stand against Trump

It is being reported that a conservative ‘third-party’ candidate will stand for US president. Presumably Evan McMullin has little chance of winning but he could make things even more difficult for Donald Trump.

ABC News reports: Former CIA Officer Evan McMullin to Launch Independent Presidential Bid

Evan McMullin, a former CIA counterterrorism officer, will run for president as a third-party conservative alternative to Donald Trump, GOP operatives working to back the candidate told ABC News today.

The operatives working on McMullin’s bid resigned from Better for America in order to push his candidacy. Better for America, a 501(c)(4) organization that cannot officially endorse or back McMullin’s bid, has been working for months on trying to select a candidate and get on ballots throughout the country. In some states, like Texas, they will likely have to sue to get on the ballot. A 501(c)(4) is an issue-based nonprofit that can raise unlimited funds and does not have to disclose its donors.

It’s an extreme uphill climb, but his supporters are confident McMullin, 40, can act as a disruptor who they hope can peel off some red states in a race where some Republicans are still resistant to Donald Trump.

McMullin’s candidacy, backed by some Republicans, shows how the “Never Trump” movement is still working to upend Trump even with less than three months left until the general election. McMullin may be a long shot, but will have a legitimate organization behind him.

McMullin, who resigned this morning as chief policy director of the House Republican Conference, will file today and in a statement told ABC News exclusively:

“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. 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.”

The group says prominent Republicans will back McMullin, who has some well-known GOP operatives working behind the effort, including Republican consultant Rick Wilson and Florida-based pollster and operative Joel Searby.

Things don’t look great in the once grand old party. McMullin may or may not pull significant numbers of votes away from Trump, and highlighting the Republican split over Trump won’t help either.

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37 Comments

  1. Blazer

     /  9th August 2016

    at least the new contender won’t lack money.The German/Jewish banking cartel will finance him, to split the vote and assure the bought and paid for poodle wins.

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  2. artcroft

     /  9th August 2016

    Meanwhile Donald Trump has stated in his latest presser that his campaign and the GOP have “never been more united” and are “united in a very beautiful way, its truely amazing how united my campaign is. It really really great.”
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    • Corky

       /  9th August 2016

      Speak things into reality when the chips are down, Arty. And they are way down at the moment. Trump is like a gun-slinger with gout in his trigger finger.

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  3. Alan Wilkinson

     /  9th August 2016

    When you have 320 million people a very tiny percentage of complete nutters produces an alarming total number.

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    • At the very least they can peel off some support further putting Hildog on the lead.

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      • Gezza

         /  9th August 2016

        If Kitty’s pooch, who put his paw up the other night as a possible contender, is eligible, and stands against Hillers for the Dems, things could even up again.

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  4. Nelly Smickers

     /  9th August 2016

    Trumpys latest twitter attaxk

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  5. Alan Wilkinson

     /  9th August 2016

    Curious that this story doesn’t rate a mention on RCP? Is it just a media beat up?

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    • Joe Bloggs

       /  9th August 2016

      If it IS a media beat-up, Alan, then it’s a pervasive media beat-up that features on all manner of news sites.

      It also seems a well-organised (if somewhat belated) anti-Trump beat-up to split the Republican vote and hand Clinton victory

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  9th August 2016

        It would only take one journalist to publish this and the anti-Trump MSM would be all over it of course. My guess is that is what happened and handful of inconsequential Republican mavericks have been thrust out onto centre stage by Democrats.

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  6. Alan Wilkinson

     /  9th August 2016

    Rather bizarre since you can’t imagine what is possibly in it for Republicans other than settling a grudge.

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  7. MaureenW

     /  9th August 2016

    The behaviour of both parties and their candidates would be more fitting if the forthcoming election was being held in the Democratic Republic of Congo. I can’t recall ever having witnessed such a bizarre sideshow, about all that’s left is the execution of one of the candidates and the election being cancelled.

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