Former independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin said Thursday that the Republican Party might not remain the party for conservatives under President-elect Donald Trump.
McMullin launched a last-minute bid for the White House in order to present conservatives dissatisfied with Trump’s candidacy an alternative. McMullin has remained critical of the president-elect following his victory.
During an appearance on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show," McMullin told host Trevor Noah that conservatives such as himself might be forced to seek a new political home as the Trump administration comes to power.
“There’s a question as to whether the Republican Party will still continue to be the party for conservatives,” McMullin said, adding:
Now, we’ll see how he governs, but everything he says and does leads me to believe that it’s unlikely that the Republican Party will govern in a conservative way. And when I say a conservative way, what I mean is standing up for the most fundamental ideas upon which this nation was founded: Number one, that all men and women are created equal. And number two, that we have liberty, that we have rights that come from the fact that we’re humans, not from the government and not from any leader. Donald Trump does not dictate what our rights are, our rights come with us when we arrive on Earth here, and the government’s role is to protect them.
McMullin, who once served in the CIA, called Trump an authoritarian and said that the American people should watch his administration's actions carefully and be “vocal when it crosses certain boundaries” such as the Constitution and cultural norms.
Though the election has concluded, McMullin still appears to be getting under Trump’s skin. The president-elect seemingly took shots at McMullin, whom he did not name, during a rally on Thursday.
Donald Trump is now taking shots at @Evan_McMullin as "this guy, this unknown person."— Ben Jacobs (@Ben Jacobs) 1481247606.0
.@realDonaldTrump, seems you're growing obsessed with a guy whose name you still don't have courage to say. Say it,… https://t.co/SJITDHPwhx— Evan McMullin (@Evan McMullin) 1481249466.0
McMullin has not ruled out another run for office.