This week Evan McMullin announced his run for President of the United States of America. Here are 40+ facts and quotes to help you get to know Evan McMullin- who he is, what he represents and his plans for office.
25+ Facts About Presidential Candidate Evan McMullin
- Evan McMullin more or less recently tied Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in a voter poll conducted by Rasmussen Reports among voters in Utah.
- If Evan McMullin gains electoral votes from Utah he will be the first independent candidate to win electoral votes since George Wallace in 1968.
- If Evan McMullin is able to pull electoral votes from Utah and Gary Johnson from New Mexico, there is a possibility that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will be denied the 270 electoral votes necessary in order to become President of the United States. If this happens, one the three candidates with the most electoral votes (potentially Trump, Clinton and McMullin) will be chosen by the House of Representatives to become the next President of the USA. While some contend this to be an unlikely path to election for McMullin, it’s not impossible, especially considering the discontentment and distrust among many Americans of the two frontrunners.
- Evan McMullin’s campaign has received no funding from the Clinton Foundation, contrary to a forged image that was passed around on social media.
- Evan McMullin was born in Provo, Utah to Lanie and David McMullin. Provo is home to the Brigham Young University (the largest religious university). Provo is also the only city in the world to have two Mormon temples.
- Evan McMullin is 40 years old. Evan was born on April 2, 1976, 200 years after the US Declaration of Independence.
- Evan McMullin Studied International Law and Diplomacy at BYU (Bachelors).
- Evan McMullin Studied Business Administration at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania for his Master’s degree.
- Evan McMullin served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Brazil (He’s a Mormon– he shares the same Christian belief system as Mitt Romney).
- Evan McMullin served in the CIA for about 10 years (from shortly before September 11, 2001 to 2011).
- Evan McMullin is running as an independent candidate for president of the USA.
- Evan McMullin served as a volunteer to help relocate refugees in Jordan.
- Evan McMullin started working in investment banking in 2011 at Goldman Sachs in California.
- Evan McMullin joined the House Committee on Foreign Affairs as a senior advisor in 2013 and later became the chief policy director of the House Republican Conference.
- Evan McMullin gave a Tedx Talk in March 2016 at the London Business School:
- Evan McMullin is Pro-life, and is against “a culture that subsidizes abortion on demand.”
- Evan McMullin believes in traditional marriage between a man and a woman, but respects the Supreme Court’s decision regarding same-sex marriage.
- Evan McMullin has a six-figure income, see: https://www.legistorm.com/person/David_Evan_McMullin/205052.html
- Evan McMullin speaks basic Arabic.
- Evan McMullin is a strong advocate for refugees from the Middle East.
- Evan McMullin is strongly opposed to many of Donald Trump’s views and statements.
- Evan McMullin looks similar to Keith B. McMullin, who served in the Presiding Bishopric of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1995-2012. Keith B. McMullin is not Evan’s father- but maybe they are relatives?? [UPDATE: We checked with Evan and he is related to Keith B. McMullin, though I don’t know the exact relationship.]
- Evan McMullin announced his presidential candidacy on August 8, 2016.
- Evan McMullin’s announcement came after several state ballot deadlines, so his name may not show up on many State Presidential ballots. Evan plans to have a broad presence on state ballots through petitioning and other processes.
- Evan McMullin gave his campaign kickoff speech on August 10th in SLC, watch the kickoff speech on YouTube here:
- Evan McMullin’s presidential campaign has received an “enormous response of small dollar donations across the country”. EvanMcMullin.com invites website visitors to donate once, weekly or monthly to McMullin’s campaign.
- Evan McMullin’s campaign had 60,000 volunteers sign up within 24 hours.
- Evan McMullin at one point was searched for more than Donald Trump.
- Evan McMullin identified with the Republican Party prior to announcing his independent run for president.
- Evan McMullin has not been publicly endorsed by Mitt Romney. If Romney endorses McMullin, it could be a game-changer in Republican states like Utah.
20+ Evan McMullin Quotes
“Many of our leaders have vilified Syrian refugees in a way that I think is really unnecessary, unproductive and just misguided all around. You know ISIS said that it would put it’s terrorists in the refugee flows and that they would come if the United States took refugees from Syria, that there would be their personnel in that mix as well. The reality is though, of course ISIS is going to do that because they want us not to help the refugees, because that reinforces this Muslim vs. Christian, United States vs. Middle East narrative that they want to further because it helps their cause. It doesn’t help global peace, it doesn’t serve our interests, it serves their interests. So that’s what they’ve been promoting, and some of our leaders have foolishly bought into that.”
“If you are..a terrorist leader and.. you wanted to get one of your terrorist operatives into the United States- probably the worst way to go about it would be to have them come as a refugee because you’re going to subject them to all kinds of scrutiny that they wouldn’t get if they just flew to Mexico and just walked across the border, or you could find one of your terrorist operatives in Europe with a European passport and they could just fly in without a visa, so there are just many better ways to do it- the worst way would be to go through the refugee process.”
“We are a country of refugees and of immigrants and it has made us strong. And why has it made us strong? It’s made us strong because we’ve always, we’ve been a place where people from around the world believe they can come and find liberty.”
“National security issues and humanitarian issues are part of the same picture in my mind, and that’s what one of my primary take ways was from having worked in the humanitarian space and in the national security space.”
“Americans’ concerns are valid, and frankly that’s one of the reasons why I’m running for President, that I know from day one what we need to do to increase our security here in the United States in a way that none of the other presidential candidates do. And I just think it’s so important that we have a president who knows how to lead on that issue.”
“There are very tiny percentage of Muslims who are terrorists. That’s the reality. There’s a lot of frustration in the Muslim world about a lot of things and that can lead them sometimes to be supportive of terrorism, some of them..But the vast majority of Muslims are not terrorists and they’re not supportive of terrorism.”
“We’re never going to solve the refugee, the global refugee crisis, by just resettling more people in the United States. I am a proponent of resettling refugees in the United States and other prosperous countries in the world and I have been very disappointed by those of our leaders who have advocated against the very small numbers, especially from Syria and Middle East, that we’ve been bringing to the United States. I think it’s been very unfortunate, But the real issue here is resolving the cause of the refugee crisis- we must get serious about that. Again, it’s a humanitarian issue and a national security issue.”
“We need to make sure that our leaders speak the truth, because many times, all too often in national security topics and on refugees, our leaders have been responding to a mob mentality that they’ve helped generate and they have not spoke truth to the American people.”
“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. 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. I humbly offer myself as a leader who can give millions of disaffected Americans a better choice for President.”
“Those who embrace the dignity and value of every human life from conception until death; who understand the crushing danger of our unsustainable national debt; who believe deference to our Constitution outweighs partisan political priorities are all looking for something better than the two major party candidates are offering. These foundational and time-tested principles transcend party and politics but sadly have no champion in this election. We must not abandon the fight for these values, for doing so will deprive future generations of Americans the bright future we want to give them.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Both of our major party candidates are unfit for the responsibilities they seek. On one side you have Hilary Clinton who believes that she’s unaccountable to the American people which is highly problematic at a time when Americans don’t feel they’re being heard by the government..we can’t have that.. Americans need to feel that their government is listening to them.”
“We need to move power closer to the people.”
“More power needs to be shifted back to the states because power at the state level is far more accountable”
“As a former CIA officer I deeply believe that Donald Trump harms the strength and prosperity of this country. Donald seeks to divide us, he seeks to pit us against each other on race and religion..this is the work of our adversaries.”
‘We need a change agent that understands what makes this country special and that isn’t about dividing people.”
“We need leaders who put the interests of the American people before their own. I don’t think we have that in our two major party candidates.”
“We need to be smarter about fighting poverty—that’s an issue I’m very passionate about.”
“We need a simplified tax code”
“God bless America.”
“Join our cause. It is a cause of unity and a cause of liberty.”
“Like many Americans, I hoped that someone would step forward months and months ago. I felt recently that this was the last moment and understanding that no one else was preparing to do this, I felt that it had to happen.”
UPDATE: My brother Adam and I had the opportunity to conduct an in-depth video interview with Evan McMullin about the worldwide refugee crisis. Here’s the edited video: