Anti-Trump conservative enters White House race

Tuesday, Aug 9, 2016,11:02 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

Washington | Offering an alternative to the American public in the US polls, a little-known former CIA counter-terrorism operative and a Republican dissident Evan McMullin today entered the White House race, saying America deserves much better than Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.

McMullin, 40, a chief policy adviser for House Republican Conference, was slated to file paperwork with the Federal Elections Commission as a presidential candidate. But he has a little chance of winning.

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 on his official Facebook page. 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, he wrote.

McMullin, a former House Republican aide, has a fierce Trump critic on social media, calling him an authoritarian last month on Twitter. Conservative group Better For America, which opposes a Trump presidency, is backing McMullin’s candidacy, according to ABC News.