McMullin: Trump ‘vilifies all Muslims as terrorists’
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Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin took to Twitter Monday to blast Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpUSAID administrator tests positive for COVID-19 Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year DOJ appeals ruling preventing it from replacing Trump in E. Jean Carroll defamation lawsuit MORE, just as the Republican presidential nominee delivered a major address on terrorism and foreign policy.

McMullin said Trump "vilifies all Muslims as terrorists" and didn't know how to "defeat Islamist terrorism."

McMullin, a CIA veteran, continued on Twitter, saying Trump would alienate American allies and empower the country's enemies.


Trump in a foreign policy address Monday blamed President Obama and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFederal workers stuck it out with Trump — now, we're ready to get back to work Biden soars as leader of the free world Intercept DC bureau chief says Biden picks are 'same people' from Obama years MORE for the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). He also vowed to protect the nation from terrorism, including by issuing tests for prospective immigrants to prevent any attackers from entering the U.S.

The speech came after Trump sparked controversy last week by saying Obama had founded ISIS. Trump initially doubled down on those remarks before claiming that he was only being sarcastic.

McMullin, though, said on Twitter that Trump would only embolden terrorists.

McMullin officially launched his long-shot White House run last week as an alternative to Trump and Clinton.

His campaign on Sunday announced that the Independence Party of Minnesota had made him its presidential nominee.

The Independence Party and McMullin’s campaign are now working toward gathering the 2,000 signatures needed to appear on Minnesota’s ballot.