Five things to know about Evan McMullin

by Jonathan Easley - The Hill  |  published on August 9, 2016


Former CIA operative and GOP adviser Evan McMullin launched a long-shot bid for the White House on Monday in what looks like a protest campaign for Republicans seeking an alternative to Donald Trump.

Though he’s little-known, the 40-year-old McMullin has extensive experience in international affairs and potentially some influential backers.

He spent more than a decade as an undercover CIA agent in “hostile environments,” according to his LinkedIn page, with a focus on counterterrorism in the Middle East.
McMullin earned a graduate degree from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, where Trump was an undergraduate. He briefly spent time in the private sector as an investment banker in the highly competitive mergers and acquisitions department for Goldman Sachs in San Francisco.

McMullin also has close ties to House GOP leadership, spending the last two years acting as an adviser to the Committee on Foreign Affairs and as policy director to the Republican Conference.

  • Heidi Stevenson

    From his own mouth, he isn’t running for president, he’s trying to stop Trump from being president and helping to hand the election to Hillary.

  • CiAtT

    Vote Darrell Castle! McMullin is a CINO. Castle2016.com.

  • rifftop

    These entrenched rino repubs………are so distraught over Trump….THE OUTSIDER INTERLOPER. They are afraid their “deals”, scams and side income plans will be voided, exposed or ended if Trump gets in. So they work hard to thwart his campaign, rather than WAKE UP AND REALIZE THAT THE NATION IS DYING UNDER THE MARXIST/MUSLIM AGENDA OF OBAMA…….TO BE CONTINUED UNDER THE SHREW. This Bozo Evan, as well as the 50 so called INTELLIGENCE workers who are shunning Trump as DANGEROUS…….ARE PAID HACKS, whether money now or a promise of something later……..will never be known, but for sure these creeps are working hard to stop this nation from getting back on its feet financially, economically, security and resource wise. These self serving rats need to be expelled. The shame is Trump has to fight the republicans who are basically liberal hacks, he has to fight the biased media and then the democrat/socialists. The left hangs on every word and nuance of Trump, but the babble, lies and distortions of Clinton are quickly dumped by the press/media. IT IS INCOMPREHENSIBLE THAT THE MEDIA IS IGNORING THE MONEY GOING INTO THE CLINTON GLOBAL INITIATIVE FOUNDATION AND TO BUBBA FOR SPEECHES, WHILE THE SHREW WAS SELLING INFLUENCE AS SECRETARY OF STATE. THIS BITCH SHOULD BE INDICTED FOR BRIBERY. When you listen to her boring shrill speeches……you would wonder who would pay $250,000 or more to listen to that crap for an hour!!! The trail has already been documented of bribes and money going to the Clintons during her tenure. Much of the money came from unsavory characters from dictators to criminals………not holy or pious people, all types looking for a favor. The CGI took in over $2 billion and is being used to finance the shrew’s campaign. All this is much too complicated and boring to this dumbed down population who still praise this bitch and her husband.

  • Frank W Brown

    Are you f*cking kidding me???

  • Ethel Halstead

    I can’t see this–hardly middle-aged— shaved head, as president. But it’s fairly easy to imagine him with a bandana tied around his shaved head and racing around with a wild motorcycle gang. I wonder if he—or who ever hired him for the part— truly believes that he/they are actually fooling American voters. A three-year-old could see through such flimsy plot.

  • Shirley Angelini

    Get lost junior. We have Trump. Not time to play with you.TRUMP ALL THE WAY.

  • rifftop

    This guy doesn’t have much common sense, even for a “former” CIA guy. It’s too late to get into this campaign and be a contender……therefore he is only a hack…..either being paid by the democrats to steal a few points in an election or he was promised something later by the “establishment” republicans to just be an active ANTI TRUMP actor. He has no chance of anything. At 40 he is really ignorant of how the political party and campaign operations happen. What is amazing how these trolls suddenly appear, and rant about Trump not having the “experience” or the abilities etc to be president……..YET YOU PEOPLE ELECTED AN INCOMPETENT, ACTIVIST HACK FOR 2 TERMS. Obama was the most useless, poorly experienced, ideologue ever in US politics. The DID NOTHING…..NO BUSINESS, NO MILITARY, HE DIDN’T EVEN WORK AT A FAST FOOD SHOP……HE HAD NOTHING TO EVEN COMPREHEND GOING TO A JOB, DEALING WITH CUSTOMERS, A BOSS, MONEY…….NOTHING……YET THE MORONS IN THE PRESS, AND THE VOTERS MAGICALLY IGNORE WHAT A DISGRACE THEY PUT IN THE WHITE HOUSE…….AND THEY HAVE THE NERVE TO RIDICULE TRUMP……THE HIPOCRACY IS TOO MUCH.

    • Ethel Halstead

      Sounds like he’s moved around a lot to be only forty years old. Guess he couldn’t hold a job for more than a few days at a time. Surprised the CIA didn’t keep him around longer, though. You’d think they would find a lot pf assignments for someone so dispensable.

  • robert sanders

    This guy is nothing but a big f###ing joke hired by the HITLER HILLARY gang for five million dollars to disrupt trumps campaign. Another plot just to be the first woman president, but does not give a hoot about the AMERICAN people.

  • JoAnne Roberts

    If you are so talented Mr. M-why not help the GOP ticket instead of trying to destroy it?

  • CharlieSeattle

    Wow! A CIA officer lowered himself to be a sycophant lapdog for the e/GOP RINO donors? …and turns his back on the American workers that they have f%#ked over the last 25 years?

    Disgraceful!

    • guestimate

      CIA works for CFR, not US. This is the most blatant NWO shill yet on the surface he seems like a reasonable guy. Foreign Affairs Intelligence AND banking! Eeeyish

  • NNYer

    How has the middle east worked out for us in recent years?

  • John

    At this point, anyone is better than the two alternatives. A corrupt crook and an insane demagogue fascist are neither one qualified to be President.

    • rifftop

      yeah we need another pair of wimps…..like Romney or McCain who laid down in the face of Obama. Neither one of them exposed that interloper, his mentors, his sleazy associations and his EXTREME LACK OF EXPERIENCE IN ANYTHING. Nobody running for any office is a saint………it’s a case of who’s going to screw the American citizen less………who hates this nation, who wants to destroy the middle class, tax us to death and just let the muslims, illegals flow into here like a flood . This isn’t really a close argument……….the tried and true corruption, lies, death, fraud, of the Clinton machine or the try something else and purge out the crap that Obama created, clean out departments from his muslim, commie hacks ……..easy choice.

    • Ethel Halstead

      Well, John, you got the CORRUPT CROOK part right.
      Guess that that old cliché .. “even a broken clock is right once a day”.. is still hangin’ ’round

  • Rodney Steward

    Goldman Sachs said enough for me, and most of these so called Reps. worked under the Bush’s and we all know how they feel about Trump, after he made baby Bush look like the idiot he is!!

    • Ethel Halstead

      Right on Rodney!
      The Bushes hate Donald Trump with an undying passion because, in their opinion, he’s an obstinate rebel that will not fall in line with their established crap and their deal making with the democ-rats.
      And the Bushes are know for their vendettas; that was what the whole Iraq war was about, a vendetta by the son to avenge his father’s unfinished show-down with Saddam Hussein. And the fact that the war only weakened our position in the middle east, which we are now experiencing big time, and got hundreds of thousands of our people killed, matters not to them. They got Housein and that was their goal (perfect example of winning a battle and losing the war). And now they will do anything to stop Donald Trump because he bumped baby brother from the presidential saddle. And it’s no surprise to anyone who can see straight that the Bushes have been in bed with the Clintons since day one; Mrs. George Bush Sr. even refers to Bill Clinton as her third son.

      • Rodney Steward

        Great comment Ethel !!

      • YOU ARE FULL OF SH-T.

        • Ethel Halstead

          Class! Such Class! Who couldn’t just fall in love with it?

    • which, jeb or w? b/c trump smeared both. you trumpers disgust me. trump is no conservative. he’s a d-mn phoney.

      • Rodney Steward

        He’s no murderer like the bit$h!! 🙂

  • CBUJAN

    Just another republican trader!

    • robert sanders

      not a republican but a paid off DEMO.

      • rifftop

        absolutely……….the democrat socialists have been infiltrating the republican party for a long time………they get hold of guys like this to “represent” themselves as a republican or conservative….and create disharmony and chaos……but we are not buying the crap. Another one is Geraldo Rivera (Jerry Rivers)…….who claims to be a “registered” republican, but constantly gets on the screen and hawks left wing crap. He is an advocate of open borders, illegals becoming citizens, sanctuary cites etc. This is not a conservative, logical or secure position to take …….and call yourself a republican.

        • robert sanders

          Not only Geraldo but juan Williams on fox.

  • Son Shine

    At 40 years old, what makes him think he has enough experience to get this country out of Hell?
    Just another distractor and we don’t need any more distraction. This country is going down, too fast for this junk. AMERICA get serious and save our great nation. VOTE FOR OUR ONLY CHANCE TO LIVE TRUMP. God Bless AMERICA and Destroy the enemies that are trying to ruin it in Jesus Name

    • rifftop

      YEP,,,,,,,he is a distractor……some hack sent in to help the rinos look like they are still in control.

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  • JC

    Not a legit action—-just another —-“never Trump ploy” this guy needs to go back to retirement !!!!

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    • Ethel Halstead

      I agree completely JC.
      This is just another ploy instigated by old “wart-hogs” democ-rats and republicans, to muddy the water enough to get Hillary elected. And truth being, neither the democ-rats or the republicans want Hilary in the WH. Both sides know there’s something seriously wrong with her, something “wrong” enough to prevent her from finishing even her first six months as POTUS—even if they have to help the situation along a bit. That leaves her running mate, Tim Kaine, to take over the helm and finish what Obama started. And it looks as that might have been the plan from the beginning. If anyone would take a few minutes to look back at the way he was quietly moved in at the last moment, so the majority of people would not have had time to check him out, and most, on either side, wouldn’t bother anyway.
      But the bottom line being, that, After Obama, it would have been unlikely that the American people would have fallen for, and actually elected, another Muslin as POTUS. However, Obama has know from the get-go that Hilary wasn’t presidential material, and definitely not intelligent enough to follow through with his ultimate plans for this country without someone following her around with a sock for her mouth, but slipping another Muslim in by way of electing an ailing Hilary, would get-the-job-done!!!.
      Take a good look at the background of her running mate:

      [We all know that Democrats have some pretty nefarious political connections to draw from…and then… Enter Tim Kaine!
      The Virginia senator has a long history of embracing radical Islam.
      He appointed a Hamas supporter to a state immigration commission, once spoke at a dinner honoring a Muslim Brotherhood terrorist suspect and has received many donations from well-known Islamist groups.

      Back in 2007, Breitbart reports, then-Governor Kaine chose Muslim American Society (MAS) President Esam Omeish to the state’s Immigration Commission. It was an appointment so controversial that even a Muslim group against radical Islam criticized the appointment and lack of vetting.

      In 2008, federal court filings found that MAS was “founded as the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in America.”

      According to Omeish’s website, he was also President of the National Muslim Students Association and served for two years on the national board of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), which the Justice Department also labeled as a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity and unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas-financing trial.

      His website says he was Vice President of Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center, a radical mosque known for its history of terror ties including having future Al-Qaeda operative Anwar Al-Awlaki as its imam and being frequented by two of the 9/11 hijackers and the perpetrator of the Fort Hood shooting. Omeish’s website says he remains a board member.

      Omeish directly expressed extremism before Kaine appointed him. He claimed the Brotherhood is “moderate” and admitted that he and MAS are influenced by the Islamist movement. In 2004, Omeish praised the Hamas spiritual leader as “our beloved Sheikh Ahmed Yassin.” Videotape from 2000 also surfaced where Omeish pledged to help Palestinians who understand “the jihad way is the way to liberate your land” (he denied this was an endorsement of violence).

      In the second example of Kaine’s deep connections with Radical Islam, he spoke at a 2011 dinner honoring Jamal Barzinji, the “Founding father of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood.”

      Barzinji has been on the FBI’s radar since 1987, when an informant told them that Barzinji was part of a network of brotherhood fronts to “institute the Islamic Revolution in the United States.”

      Barzinji played a major role in nearly every Brotherhood front in the U.S. and was vice president of the International Institute of Islamic Thought, which came under terrorism investigation also. Barzinji’s group was so close to Palestinian Islamic Jihad operative Sami Al-Arian that IIIT’s President considered his group and Al-Arian’s to be essentially one entity.

      Finally there’s the money … Barzinji’s organization, IIIT, donated $10,000 to an organization, New Dominion PAC, that gave $43,050 to Kaine’s bid for governor between 2003 and 2005.

      The New Dominion PAC – the “voice for Arab Americans in Virginia” – has very strong ties to the Democratic Party in Virginia, with the Virginia Public Access Project tallying almost $257,000 in donations. This likely explains why Barzinji’s grandson served in Governor McAuliffe’s administration and then became the Obama Administration’s liaison to the Muslim-American community.

      Breitbart sums up Kaine’s interesting relationship with the Islamic community:

      Kaine has no excuse. If he has an Internet connection, then he and his staff should have known about their backgrounds. They were either extremely careless (something Kaine would have in common with the top of the ticket) or knew and looked the other way in the hopes of earning donations and votes.

      Clinton’s choice of Kaine is widely seen as a way of strengthening her campaign’s national security credentials.

      How can you trust a candidate on national security who appoints a Hamas supporter to their immigration commission and speaks at a dinner honoring a Muslim Brotherhood terror suspect?

      And how can you trust a candidate who picks such a person as their “strong on national security” running mate?

      About Robert Gehl

      Robert Gehl is a college professor in Phoenix, Arizona. He has over 15 years journalism experience, including two Associated Press awards. He lives in Glendale with his wife and two young children.

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