“My greatest aspiration is to be a husband and father.” – Evan McMullin to the Salt Lake Tribune, explaining that he left field service in the CIA because ‘I wanted to get married,’ and hunting down Bin Laden and terrorists in the field made it ‘unlikely to happen’.
If you’re a pro-partial birth abortion supporter, a draft-dodger, and a Playboy video star, who has boasted about sexually assaulting women in the most vulgar language, and about being a peeping Tom at naked beauty pageants, while you praise Putin for killing Americans –
Here's the wreckage of plane shot down by Putin's thugs. Trump praises him. There's a dead American in there. pic.twitter.com/4T4RT8C7Hj
— stuart stevens (@stuartpstevens) November 1, 2016
-surely it’s not THAT surprising when conservative Utah decides to vote for one of their own instead of you.
— CNN (@CNN) October 31, 2016
As we reported, the conservative talk radio icon and Mormon convert, Glenn Beck, endorsed Evan McMullin yesterday.
This was how conservatives reacted….
— The Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) October 31, 2016
…and this was how Trump supporters reacted.
Mormon loser endorses Mormon loser. Evan McMullin Endorsed By Conservative Talk Radio Icon Glenn Beck https://t.co/lOezjnHrMW
— FatherFisher (@fatherfisher222) November 1, 2016
But Donald Trump’s anti-Mormon meltdown – which has included his pals and supporters talking about the “Mormon Mafia” and a “Mormoncaust” of the LDS – has taken a vicious turn in Utah as robo-calls start falsely to suggest that the independendent Conservative candidate there, Evan McMullin, was gay.
McMullin’s field service in the CIA explains why the BYU graduate, Provo, Utah, native, and faithful LDS, a Mormon missionary, is not yet married with children when most Mormon men choose to marry at a younger age.
When I first interviewed Evan for Heat Street, we recorded twice as a test of the audio. (Previous Facebook Lives had to be restarted, as there was an audio problem, and I did not want that to happen with McMullin). As we waited and tested the system, I talked to him about his personal life.
For the only time ever I saw McMullin wistful. ‘My greatest ambition isn’t actually to be President,’ he said. ‘It’s to be a husband and father. I want a bunch of kids. Working in the CIA in battlegrounds just is not safe for a family.’
The Washington Post yesterday included details of how and where McMullin served America after his time as a Mormon missionary:
While specific details of McMullin’s missions remain classified, intelligence goals at that time included gathering information on the Taliban, developing intelligence for strikes on terrorists and searching for high-value al-Qaeda leaders, including Osama bin Laden, his former boss said….
McMullin was not a desk jockey. He regularly volunteered for the most dangerous field missions, citing his Mormon missionary experience.
But I interviewed six former CIA officers who worked with McMullin during his 10 years inside the agency. What emerged was a picture of a young case officer who volunteered for duty in the world’s most dangerous places and had a unique talent for recruiting members of extremist organizations as assets.
“There were a lot of people who took an easier route at the agency. Evan was always in the middle of the fight.”
The robo-call concentrated on the fact that McMullin’s mother divorced his father and is gay, something that he addressed with both solid conservative, Mormon values, and compassion and Biblical respect for his mom, in an interview with the Salt Lake Tribune on Oct 26. McMullin and his Jewish running mate Mindy Finn have run on a ticket of respect for religious freedom. Mormons and other conservatives gave him a standing ovation in Utah when he demanded religious freedom for Muslims in the wake of the Khzir Khan controversy, when Donald Trump insulted the gold star parents of a fallen Muslim marine killed in combat.
From the Salt Lake Tribune piece:
Family life • McMullin left the CIA in 2010. “I felt we had the terrorism threat under control,” he said, with al-Qaida diminished and the Islamic State group not yet a force. But his departure was also personal.
“I spent much of my 20s and early 30s working in a way that made it difficult for me to date, and I wanted to get married. I surmised if I continued in that line of work, it was unlikely to happen.”
He knows people wonder why he hasn’t married, particularly in Utah, where many find a spouse in their early 20s. He says he’s “hopeful and optimistic that that will happen soon. … My greatest aspiration is to be a husband and father.”
McMullin’s handling of his parents’ divorce and his mother’s personal life is likely to commend and endear him to the fair-minded LDS majority in Utah:
His parents’ separation and eventual divorce, which took place during the early part of his CIA career, was tough.
“It hurts, to be honest,” he said. “It was hard on me, even though I was old. It taught me how valuable family is, frankly.”
His view on family was rocked again when his mom moved in with a woman, whom she later married. The LDS Church staunchly opposes gay marriage.
“As far as my mother’s marriage is concerned, I believe in the sanctity of traditional marriage. It is an important part of my faith,” McMullin said. “My mother has a different view. That is OK. I love her very much, and she is one of my best friends. She is a wonderful mother. I wish everyone could have a mother like my mom.”
Frankly, Evan McMullin’s personal courage, his devotion to the Mormon church and his compassion towards his mother is likely to win him more and not fewer friends among his co-religionists in Utah.
See my interview with Evan McMullin here. Below, Donald Trump speaks of his strong support for partial-birth abortion and how he is “very pro-choice”.
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