Are Evan McMullin’s claims that he is an “independent” candidate truly reflective of reality? The Utah Senate candidate has cast more doubt on his claims of having no political affiliation after it was revealed that he plans to campaign with leftist celebrity Alyssa Milano along with Never Trumper Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) on Tuesday.
“In case you’re one of those people who doesn’t believe hell exists, tonight there is a rally featuring Adam Kinzinger, Evan McMuffin, and Alyssa Milano,” wrote Washington Free Beacon executive editor Brent Scher, sharing a press release for a virtual ‘Get Out the Vote’ rally featuring Kinzinger, Milano, and McMullin.
In case you're one of those people who doesn't believe hell exists, tonight there is a rally featuring Adam Kinzinger, Evan McMuffin, and Alyssa Milano pic.twitter.com/hksSVIASwl
— Brent Scher (@BrentScher) October 27, 2022
This is not the first time McMullin has campaigned alongside Democrats. The Utah self-proclaimed independent Senate candidate held a fundraiser with Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) just a couple of weeks ago.
“Senator Jon Tester invites you to join him for a virtual discussion with Evan McMullin,” read a flyer for the October 18 event.
McMculin has also opposed conservative candidates during crucial elections that lead to a Democrat majority in the Senate.
“On Tuesday, principled conservatives in Georgia should vote Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue out of office,” McMullin wrote prior to the 2021 Georgia special election. “With few exceptions, the GOP has become a ruinous, unpatriotic blight and both senators are as corrupt as they come. The republic cannot sustain such depravity indefinitely.”
The Utah candidate also drew controversy after he referred to conservatives as racist on numerous occasions.
One instance of McMullin invoking this type of rhetoric was when he called former Trump chief strategist a “white supremacist” in response to the former President calling on any of his supporters to “stop” all types of threatening behavior.
Saying "stop it" to racist attacks means little when you name white supremacist darling Steve Bannon chief strategist in the very same day. https://t.co/BKuyA09VRA
— Evan McMullin 🇺🇸 (@EvanMcMullin) November 14, 2016
“Unlike @realDonaldTrump, I believe in standing up to racists, not mainstreaming them. #DebateNight,” the Utah candidate wrote in September 2016.
Unlike @realDonaldTrump, I believe in standing up to racists, not mainstreaming them. #DebateNight
— Evan McMullin 🇺🇸 (@EvanMcMullin) September 27, 2016
McMullin also said in 2016, “Donald Trump is a racist. Trump is a racist brand. It’s time to call a spade a spade,” and that “@realDonaldTrump openly admires the world’s most brutal dictators and his policies reflect a racist, repressive agenda for America.”
In June 2020, McMcullin wrote, “The GOP is sick. It invited racist parasites into Lincoln’s party years ago and they’ve sucked the values and patriotism from its body. I haven’t been optimistic that it could change, but I hoped and fought anyway. Now, I don’t see how it ever recovers from Trump’s ‘white power.’”
The GOP is sick. It invited racist parasites into Lincoln's party years ago and they've sucked the values and patriotism from its body. I haven't been optimistic that it could change, but I hoped and fought anyway. Now, I don't see how it ever recovers from Trump's "white power."
— Evan McMullin 🇺🇸 (@EvanMcMullin) June 28, 2020
Finally, an August 2017 interview showed McMullin claiming, “there is an element of the Republican base that is racist.” This line was used in a recent political attack ad, much to the displeasure of McMullin.
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), who is up for reelection in November, alleged that McMcmullin is intentionally feeding the “Democrat industrial complex” by using their fundraising mechanisms and paying Democrat operatives.