Evan McMullin, an anti-Trump Republican, is launching a third-party bid Monday, reports BuzzFeed. “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," McMullin said in a statement to ABC News. "I humbly offer myself as a leader who can give millions of disaffected Americans a conservative choice for President." Though he's believed to be working with Better for America—a group calling for an independent bid—and GOP strategist Rick Wilson, the CIA veteran is a long shot. He's young, unmarried, has never held elective office, "has virtually no public profile," and had only 135 followers on Twitter before his bid, reports BuzzFeed. Those followers, however, have been privy to his attacks on Trump for months. McMullin recently labeled him an "authoritarian" and has demanded that he release his tax returns.
Joe Scarborough of MSNBC's Morning Joe says "this has more to do with stopping Donald Trump than actually electing the president" but McMullin "sure has more credentials to run a government than Donald Trump right now," per the Washington Post. McMullin currently holds the post of chief policy director of the House Republican Conference and previously worked on a commercial fishing boat, as a volunteer refugee resettlement officer for the UN, an operations officer for the CIA, and an investment banking associate at Goldman Sachs, reports Politico, via his LinkedIn page. He also has an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and gave a TEDx Talk on genocide this past April. Sources say he has the support of key Republican donors. (Read more presidential bid stories.)