It may just be a sign of how freaked out the Republican Party's conservative wing is by Donald Trump: They've just named a third-party conservative challenger to The Donald, even though he won't be able to run in as many as 35 states. Why are they doing it?
The candidate they found was Evan McMullin, a former CIA man and chief policy director of the House Republican Conference, which represents all Republicans in the House.
Adding to the questions over McMullin's candidacy -- he'll run as an Independent -- is his employer, the House Republican Conference, which for its part says it had "zero knowledge" of McMullin's run, according to a statement by spokesperson Nate Hodson. The conference also said McMullin no longer works there.
No doubt this was prompted by Trump's falling popularity following run-ins with the Gold Star families in recent weeks, when he should have been putting the wood to Hillary Clinton and her dismal record as secretary of state and as New York senator. As his poll ratings plunged, some conservatives obviously wanted to say "enough!" -- even if running a third-party candidate at this late date is quixotic, to say the least.
"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," McMullin said in a statement to ABC News. "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."Read the rest of this IBD op-ed HERE and follow a link to a related story below:
Anti-Trump Republican Evan McMullin Announces Presidential Bid
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