BREAKING: Republican Party Floored As Romney Backers Fund New Independent Presidential Candidate

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In a surprise move to obstruct the ascendancy of the Republican nominee, Donald Trump. The #NeverTrump movement has forwarded Evan McMullin, the chief policy director for Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives, as a candidate in the race.

McMullin is launching his candidacy as an alternative for discontented conservative Republicans who simply cannot bring themselves to vote for Donald Trump. He’s also bringing big Republican guns to the fight.

McMullin told ABC News:

‘In a year where Americans have lost faith in the candidates of both major parties, it’s time for a generation of new leadership to step up.

‘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. I humbly offer myself.’

Joe Scarborough was the first to announce McMullin’s candidacy Monday morning on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” stating that he had multiple sources informing him that McMullin would be a new candidate for the #NeverTrump movement to rally behind.

The third-party conservative alternative to the GOP’s Donald Trump is backed by Better for America. The group has been working over the last several months to find a candidate and get onto the ballots. According to ABC, they will have to sue to get on some state ballots, and give Texas as an example.

McMullin, 40, is being backed by some of the establishment Republicans as part of the #NeverTrump movement. The group is claiming that they have the backing of several prominent GOP members, and political campaign veterans Rick Wilson and Joel Searby are on board. Better for America also says it is funded in part by John Kingston, a high-ranking conservative donor who previously supported Mitt Romney.

McMullin is from Utah, and has a bachelor’s degree in international law and diplomacy from Brigham Young University and a Master’s of Business Administration from The Wharton School. His experience includes work with the CIA in the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia in intelligence and counterterrorism. In 2011, McMullin worked for Goldman Sachs and in 2013, he became a senior national security advisor for House Committee on Foreign Affairs and then the chief policy director of the House Republican Conference.

McMullin has criticized Trump on Twitter and seems ready to take on the implausible Republican Candidate.

It remains to be seen if the virtually unknown McMullin can provide a real challenge to the party’s overwhelmingly (and inexplicably) popular candidate, and waiting until the 11th hour may not be enough to position the #NeverTrump candidate for success, but it certainly makes the presidential election in 2016 even more interesting than it has been so far.

Featured image via candidate’s website