Indie Presidential Candidate Evan McMullin Returns Fire At Donald Trump

McMullin with running mate, Mindy Finn (image via Twitter)

After Donald Trump took aim at independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin, by referring to him as “McMuffin,” McMullin decided he would jump into the Twitterverse with the Donald.

“Our charming President-elect @realDonaldTrump has a new nickname for me: ‘McMuffin.’ I like it. Am I now on the hook to reciprocate?”

“I hear Egg McMuffins taste a lot better than the steaks at the Trump Grill. True Story?”

From The Hill:

McMullin has been an outspoken critic of Trump since the election, while the president-elect has frequently called him “some guy” who was trying to beat him in Utah.
On Friday night, however, Trump called him “McMuffin” after an audience member shouted it at the rally.

“That’s correct, that’s his name, he said Evan McMuffin, do you believe this?” Trump said. “I never heard of this guy before. Nobody did. And the polls said he’s even with Donald Trump. My wife said, she looked at the television and she said he’s not even with you. Believe me, he’s not even.”

Republican Evan McMullin, CIA Veteran, To Announce Indie Run For White House

Evan McMullin, a 40 year old Republican who has never held public office, is set to announce an independent run for the White House later today.

Most recently working as the chief policy director of the House Republican Conference, McMullin also spent 11 years as a CIA operative.

According to “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough, McMullin comes to the race with the support of several GOP big money donors.

McMullin released this 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. I humbly offer myself as a leader who can give millions of disaffected Americans a conservative choice for President.”

More from Politico:

He earned an MBA in 2011 from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, the alma mater of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. He has also worked at Goldman Sachs, as a volunteer refugee resettlement officer for the United Nations and as a deckhand on a commercial fishing boat in Alaska.

On his Twitter account, McMullin has been vocal about his opposition to Trump, characterizing him as an authoritarian and calling for the Manhattan billionaire to release his tax returns, something he has refused to do to this point.

“Authoritarians like @realDonaldTrump use promises of law & order to justify infringing on civil rights as they consolidate control by force,” McMullin tweeted on July 21, his most recent post.

“Opposing @realDonaldTrump is about putting principle over power, a virtue some in Washington are too quick to abandon. #NeverTrump,” he wrote on May 7, just days after Trump became the GOP’s presumptive nominee.

It’s worth noting that the deadlines for filing to be on the ballot in at least 20 states have passed.