Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin used an interview Wednesday on TheBlaze Radio to address accusations leveled by a Donald Trump supporter that he is a “closet homosexual.”
McMullin told host Glenn Beck that he knew his candidacy would open himself up to attacks and that the charge is false.
“I'm straight,” McMullin said. “I've never had to defend that about myself before.”
As TheBlaze previously reported, a self-described white nationalist sent a robocall to thousands of Utah voters claiming that McMullin is a “closet homosexual.” The Trump campaign has condemned the robocall.
McMullin added that the man behind the call did an interview with a Utah radio station and “gave me the advice that I should get married and have children.”
“And I said, ‘Well, at least that's something we can agree upon because that's — that's my biggest ambition in life,’" McMullin said.
McMullin said the call is indicative of “the kind of campaign that Donald Trump has run”:
Many of his supporters have joined in that approach. In the past — in the past week — in the past few days especially, I found that my faith has been attacked. My service to this country has been attacked. My mother has been attacked. They're spreading lies about who I am. And even now we're receiving death threats from the white supremacist movement.
“I knew there would be opposition,” he added. “But we will not be intimidated.”
McMullin said that when some Trump supporters attacked him as a member of the “Mormon Mafia” his campaign “had fun with that online," adding that, “in a more serious way,” the attack on his personal faith and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is “a part of Donald's opposition to us.”
“But, look, I wear it all as a badge of honor, you know,” he said.
He said he is “proud” to face opposition from white supremacists “because it means that we're fighting for the right thing.”