Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin blasted Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpUS reimposes UN sanctions on Iran amid increasing tensions Jeff Flake: Republicans 'should hold the same position' on SCOTUS vacancy as 2016 Trump supporters chant 'Fill that seat' at North Carolina rally MORE as a "bigot" on Friday.

“These are the things we know, so let’s be honest with ourselves, let’s call a spade a spade,” he said Friday on “MSNBC Live with Thomas Roberts.”


“We know Donald Trump is a bigot,” McMullin continued. “He’s not fit to be our president. He’s a terrible opponent for Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonJeff Flake: Republicans 'should hold the same position' on SCOTUS vacancy as 2016 Momentum growing among Republicans for Supreme Court vote before Election Day Warning signs flash for Lindsey Graham in South Carolina MORE. And we can do better on all counts, which is what I hope to offer.”

McMullin said Trump’s policies and rhetoric run counter to America's principles.

“Donald Trump is undermining the ideals of this country that bring great power and influence to our nation,” he said. "What I’m talking about is just basic things.

“We’re a country where people of all religions are welcome. People of all faiths, people of all ethnicities, all nationalities. We’re a diverse, pluralistic country and we cherish this.”

McMullin, a CIA veteran, also called Trump to close to Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

“Donald Trump is doing the work of Putin for him in our nation,” said McMullin, a former House Republican conference policy adviser.

“To think that he would be the president of our great country is absolutely unconscionable. We absolutely can’t let that happen.”

McMullin on Monday officially launched his longshot White House run as an alternative to Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

The campaign on Thursday announced it had gotten on its first ballot for the general presidential election.

Chief strategist Joel Searby said McMullin would appear on ballots in Colorado, adding he hopes to enter more states soon.