First things first. First the who: In a nutshell, Evan McMullin is a former CIA officer, who also worked for Goldman Sachs and the U.N., according to his Twitter bio. He has never held elective office — like Donald Trump — and is preparing to launch a bid to become the next president: like Donald Trump.
The reason why the Republican nominee should be concerned is that key players in the GOP’s languishing #NeverTrump movement are lining up behind McMullin, who plans to run as an independent.
On Friday, The Atlantic ran a breakdown of which Republicans are supporting Trump, which are not, and which are abstaining from making a decision. While the “yeas” ultimately outweigh the “nays,” there are some important names in the list, such as George W. Bush advisor Karl Rove, who remain undecided.
Where McMullin stands on the issues is still largely unknown, though on one issue he stands apart from Trump. That is evident in this Facebook post by McMullin:
Ultimately, McMullin has no serious chance of competing with Trump in November, if in fact his name appears on even one state ballot. What is problematic for Trump is that unrest in the GOP — partly a result of his own divisive shenanigans — could be enough of a factor to catapult Hillary Clinton into the Oval Office.
Then again, bumper stickers like this one are cropping up all over: