Evan McMullin launches new group to ‘stand up to Trump’

Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin stopped in St. George for a town hall meeting on the top floor of the Dixie Academy building that become packed with prospective voters. McMullin touts himself as the one true conservative in the race and is offering his candidacy as a “principled” alternative to Donald Trump, St. George, Utah, Oct. 15, 2016 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – Serving as a watchdog over President Donald Trump and Congress while also organizing Americans “in the defense of fundamental principles” is the goal of a new organization announced Wednesday by former independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin.

Called “Stand Up Republic,” the group is described as being a nonpartisan and nonprofit organization and was co-founded with Mindy Finn, McMullin’s former running mate. McMullin told the Associated Press that the group will continue a movement he started while running against Trump as an independent candidate last year.

Evan McMullin announcing his run for president as an independent candidate, Salt Lake City, Utah, Aug. 8, 2016 | Photo courtesy of YouTube, St. George News

McMullin, a former CIA agent, ran a three month long campaign against Trump in 2016. While he campaigned as a conservative alternative to Trump in various states, his campaign focused on Utah where he finished with 21.5 percent of the vote, making it one of the highest turnouts ever reported for a third-party presidential candidate.

While on the campaign trail McMullin was an outspoken critic of Trump. He said Trump was not a real conservative and was more of a New York-style liberal than anything.

Those criticisms have not stopped and routinely appear on McMullin’s Twitter account.

“Stand Up Republic will help Americans advance the timeless truths upon which our nation was founded, that all are created equal, and have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” McMullin said in a press release. “That will necessarily include standing up to the Trump administration when warranted.”

The new administration, McMullin told the Associated Press, is engaged in “purposefully in misrepresenting the truth for a variety of reasons that are extremely dangerous. Donald Trump clearly tries to inflate his political performance. Authoritarians do that commonly.”

Trump’s attacks on media are also a sign of authoritarian tendencies, McMullin said on CNN’s “The Lead.”

The Trump administration did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment from the Associated Press sent to the presidential communications office Wednesday.

McMullin, who has roots in Utah and Washington state but lives in Washington D.C., said he has heard from more liberal-minded people who want to join his cause. The group will be active on social media and provide a way to fund raise and plan events for what McMullin called a growing grassroots movement.

One popular voice expressing support for McMullin’s new group is gay rights advocate and Star Trek actor George Tekai.

“Our goal is to give a voice to the millions of Americans who want to hold the Trump administration accountable to upholding the Constitution and protecting our rights,” Finn said in a press release. “For freedom to endure, we must defend it.”

Part of Stand Up Republic’s grass roots campaign will include ads over television and social media. Among the first released Wednesday is a 30-second ad called “Secret” which focuses on Trump’s alleged connection to Vladimir Putin and Russia.

While he currently isn’t engaged in a political campaign, McMullin may yet return to the campaign trail as he is considering a potential run for Sen. Orrin Hatch’s seat in 2018. He he has yet to finalize a decision concerning the matter.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

Email: mkessler@stgnews.com

Twitter: @MoriKessler

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16 Comments

  • indy-vfr January 26, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    LOL

  • digger January 26, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    Omg ? really?

  • mesaman January 26, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    I like “losers arise”.

  • utahdiablo January 26, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    Mc who? ….Not a chance, maybe try again in 4 – 8 years….our turn now, we’ll take it from here

    • Real Life January 27, 2017 at 12:28 pm

      Evan McMormon, that’s who. And he’s gonna rescue us all!

      • .... January 27, 2017 at 2:28 pm

        If you had a job to go to. you wouldn’t be here making stupid comments

  • Utahguns January 26, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    Where have you been McMullin?
    If you are really committed to “upholding the Constitution and protecting our rights” as you say you are, you should have been doing this during Obama’s presidency.
    I think you’re still whining about getting a poor showing during your campaign.

    • UtahPatriot January 27, 2017 at 8:17 am

      I second your opinion.

  • UtahPatriot January 27, 2017 at 8:16 am

    Please go back under the rock from which you crawled! I agree with UtahGuns.

  • comments January 27, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    The guy is a total clown and likely still working for the CIA in one way or another.

    • comments January 27, 2017 at 12:07 pm

      But old CIA has gotten lazy, sloppy, or desperate if this is their main clown, lol.

      • comments January 27, 2017 at 12:17 pm

        on top of that he’s a likely gay mormon. just gets better and better.

        • .... January 27, 2017 at 2:29 pm

          Oh oh here comes another one Bob’s conspiracy theories !

        • randomthoughts January 27, 2017 at 5:01 pm

          You’re a class act yourself…what does it matter if he is gay? Though you do state that it ”just gets better and better” so maybe I am totally misinterpreting your comment…something tells me I’m not, unfortunately.

          • comments January 27, 2017 at 9:19 pm

            I don’t care at all if he’s a gay man. But where do you find a more anti-gay religion than mormonism? Gays that try to be mormon, it’s just a little too desperate and a bit sad.

          • comments January 27, 2017 at 9:21 pm

            if u cant see the humor in it you’re beyond hope, lol

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