Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were fascinated by today’s news that Evan McMullin, a former CIA operative, House GOP Policy Director, business professional, and active member of the Church announced his decision to run as an independent candidate for President of the United States.
In an open letter on his official website, McMullin spoke honestly about his disappointment in the current party nominees.
Like millions of Americans, I had hoped this year would bring us better nominees who, despite party differences, could offer compelling visions of a better future. Instead, we have been left with two candidates who are fundamentally unfit for the profound responsibilities they seek.
Hillary Clinton is a corrupt career politician who has recklessly handled classified information in an attempt to avoid accountability and put American lives at risk including those of my former colleagues. She fails the basic tests of judgment and ethics any candidate for President must meet. Moreover, she only offers stale economic ideas like the same old top-down government control that has brought us eight years of historically low growth.
Donald Trump appeals to the worst fears of Americans at a time we need unity, not division. Republicans are deeply divided by a man who is perilously close to gaining the most powerful position in the world, and many rightly see him as a real threat to our Republic. Given his obvious personal instability, putting him in command of our military and nuclear arsenal would be deeply irresponsible. His infatuation with strongmen and demagogues like Vladimir Putin is anathema to America values. We cannot and must not elect him.
McMullin was born in Provo, Utah, raised in Washington State, and studied International Law and Diplomacy at Brigham Young University. He received his Master’s in Business Administration from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He served in the CIA until 2011. He also served an LDS mission in Brazil. McMullin stated of his candidacy announcement:
With the stakes so high for our nation and at this late stage in the process, I can no longer stand on the sidelines. Our country needs leaders who are in it for the right reasons and who actually understand what makes this country the greatest on earth. Leaders who will unite us and guide us to a prosperous, secure future, beyond the dysfunction of a broken political system.
Just as the American Revolution required men and women devoted to liberty and freedom to stand up and be counted, this moment calls a new generation to the same sacred task. With that in mind, I have decided to pursue the cause of American renewal and the Presidency of the United States of America.