Conservative third-party candidate Evan McMullin entered the race for the White House Monday, and he's already coming out swinging against Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
During an interview Monday night with ABC's Tom Llamas, McMullin, a former CIA agent and former House Republican Conference policy advisor, called Trump a "weak candidate" who "ensures" a November victory for Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee for president.
He told Llamas he believes both candidates would be "absolutely terrible" for the country.
But he had particularly strong words for Trump, specifically when it came to the billionaire businessman's recent comments about the parents of Muslim U.S. Army Capt. Humayun Khan, who was killed in Iraq in 2004 by a suicide bomber. Trump's controversial remarks about the fallen soldier's parents came after his father Khizr Kahn harshly rebuked the candidate during a speech at the Democratic National Convention last month.
"I do not trust him to make decisions with our military whatsoever, with the lives of the men and women serving in our armed forces and intelligence services," McMullin said. "He's already demonstrated that he doesn't respect them of their families. His attacks on our American heroes, like the Khan family and like John McCain — this is somebody that we cannot [entrust] the lives of those who are already risking their lives to."
"He is inhuman," he continued. "Donald Trump does not care about anyone other than himself."
McMullin went on to say he believes Trump is "a fraud and a con man" who often employs "bigotry and misogyny." However, he did not let Clinton off the hook, either. The independent candidate said Clinton's use of a private email server during her time as secretary of state shows "she believes that she's unaccountable to the American people."
The former CIA official admitted that he wished a candidate with higher name recognition had launched a campaign against Trump "many, many months ago."
McMullin said he has not yet spoken with 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who has been seeking to recruit a third-party conservative candidate to rival Trump, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus or House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).
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