Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin blasted Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial Warren goes local in race to build 2020 movement 2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes 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 Clinton2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes The Memo: Democrats confront prospect of long primary Manafort sought to hurt Clinton 2016 campaign efforts in key states: NYT 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.