Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin late Saturday fired back at Donald TrumpDonald TrumpOhio Republican who voted to impeach Trump says he won't seek reelection Youngkin breaks with Trump on whether Democrats will cheat in the Virginia governor's race Trump endorses challenger in Michigan AG race MORE, calling the Republican nominee an "authoritarian, life-long liberal."
“Yes you’ve never heard of me because while you were harassing women at beauty pageants, I was fighting terrorists abroad,” McMullin tweeted to Trump.
McMullin also said in a tweet that Trump “disrespects life, liberty & equality.”
“We can’t trust you on [Supreme Court] justices,” he added.
.@realDonaldTrump, you're an authoritarian, life-long liberal who disrespects life, liberty, & equality. We can't trust you on justices.— Evan McMullin (@Evan_McMullin) October 30, 2016
Trump in an interview late last week said McMullin, a former CIA officer, could jeopardize his candidacy by winning Utah.
"I love the people of Utah. I have great relationships in Utah. Now if for some reason we lose Utah, that could have a very devastating impact on the overall," Trump told Fox News's Bret Baier.
"If they go enough for this character that's running all over the state, and we lose the state of Utah, that's devastating.”
McMullin said late Saturday that he is “earning” Utahans’ and other Americans’ votes, while Trump thinks he’s “entitled” to them.
.@realdonaldtrump, you think you're entitled to Utahns' and other Americans' votes. We’re earning them.— Evan McMullin (@Evan_McMullin) October 30, 2016
Trump also said in the Fox interview that McMullin was a “puppet” of Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol, a vocal Trump opponent.
Kristol also responded late Saturday, tweeting that Trump is “helping Evan McMullin win Utah.”
A good night for conservatives: Indians helping extend one of the oldest baseball traditions; Trump helping Evan McMullin win Utah.— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) October 30, 2016
Trump leads McMullin by 6 points in a five-way race in Utah, according to a RealClearPolitics average of state polling. Trump leads the field with 31 percent, while McMullin and Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonAttorney indicted on charge of lying to FBI as part of Durham investigation Durham seeking indictment of lawyer with ties to Democrats: reports Paul Ryan researched narcissistic personality disorder after Trump win: book MORE follow with 25 percent each. Libertarian nominee Gary JohnsonGary Earl JohnsonBiden broadened Democratic base, cut into Trump coalition: study New Mexico lawmakers send recreational marijuana bills to governor Judge throws out murder convictions, releases men jailed for 24 years MORE has 7 percent, and the Green Party’s Jill Stein has 1 percent.