Numerous sources confirmed today that Evan McMullin is mounting an Independent presidential bid to challenge Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
McMullin was little-known before MSNBC anchor Joe Scarborough broke the story.
Here are six quick things to know about the anti-Trump Republican.
@realDonaldTrump's America would be a police state.
— Evan McMullin (@Evan_McMullin) July 22, 2016
1) Evan McMullin, who is 40 years old, had a minimal public profile before announcing
McMullin had just 135 Twitter followers when the story broke, according to BuzzFeed News. That number has grown quickly, but pales in comparison to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, who have 10.7 million and 8.2 million, respectively.
2) Evan McMullin has a Bachelor of Arts degree and an MBA
His LinkedIn page lists him as graduating from Brigham Young University in 2001, and attaining an MBA from the Wharton School of Business in 2011. Donald Trump also attended Wharton, while Hillary Clinton has a law degree from Yale.
3) Evan McMullin was in the CIA
McMullin’s LinkedIn page lists him as spending 11 years in the service:
“Managed clandestine operations related to counterterrorism, counterinsurgency, energy, political stability, and counterintelligence, while serving mostly in hostile environments.”
4) Evan McMullin worked for Goldman Sachs
While Donald Trump loves to bash Goldman Sachs and other Wall Street firms, McMullin spent three years at the firm, according to his LinkedIn:
Worked on a variety of capital raising and M&A projects and deals across several industries including technology, energy, consumer goods, biotech, industrials, and real estate.
5) Evan McMullin worked as a staffer for the US Congress
McMullin worked for the House Foreign Affairs committee. On his LinkedIn page, he described his job as:
Advised the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee and other House members on issues related to the Near East, South Asia, counterterrorism, and other national security issues.
6) Evan McMullin defended the family of fallen Capt. Humayan Khan against Trump
McMullin blasted Trump for attacking the Khan family. On his Facebook page, he wrote:
“As someone who served our nation in war, I find Donald Trump’s religious attacks on Ghazala Khan, the mother of a fallen U.S. soldier, profoundly despicable. Her son gave everything for our country and she, like thousands of other American mothers, has also made a painful lifelong sacrifice. No one who fails to understand this is fit to be our commander-in-chief.”
In another post, he wrote:
“As Donald Trump continues attacking Muslims and as a former CIA officer, I’d like all Americans to know the truth: American and other Muslims have played a central role in virtually every counterterrorism win we’ve had since 9/11. They are an indispensable asset in this fight. Attacking them as a group makes America weaker, not stronger.”
McMullin faces a tough test over the next three months, as he’s already missed some filing deadlines and will need to raise millions to even get on air.
But with the historically unpopular candidacies of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, it could be a wild ride.