Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin on Thursday slammed GOP nominee Donald TrumpDonald TrumpPredictions of disaster for Democrats aren't guarantees of midterm failure A review of President Biden's first year on border policy  Hannity after Jan. 6 texted McEnany 'no more stolen election talk' in five-point plan for Trump MORE's "divisiveness," while also touting his own conservative positions. 

"He's trying to tear this party — or this country, forget about the party — he's trying to tear the country apart to his own political advantage," McMullin told MSNBC's Thomas Roberts.


"We need to unify as a country, that's my message," he continued. 

McMullin slammed Trump's move naming Stephen Bannon, the former executive of the far-right Breitbart News, as the CEO of his campaign this week. 

"This is somebody who has a history of promoting racial and anti-Semitic rhetoric in our country and dividing us, not uniting us," he said. "Donald Trump is going to lose because he is a weak man and a weak candidate."

He also ripped Trump for being "aligned with Vladimir Putin" and said the GOP nominee's ideas would "lead us to be more at risk" at terrorism, in contrast to his own experience serving for 11 years as a CIA officer.

McMullin has been on a tear, slamming Trump in a series of media appearances since announcing his long-shot White House bid earlier this month, though the billionaire has yet to engage him.

McMullin is on the ballot in Colorado and Utah, and is the nominee of a party in Minnesota. His campaign is "close" in Iowa, he said, and eyeing Virginia, Tennessee and Louisiana, among others.

While he has yet to register in polling, his play could have an impact in states where Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe dangerous erosion of Democratic Party foundations The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Democrats see victory in a voting rights defeat Left laughs off floated changes to 2024 ticket MORE and Trump are close in polls, such as Utah, where McMullin has headquartered his campaign. 
"I'm pro-life," McMullin, a Mormon, told MSNBC when asked about his position on several Supreme Court decisions in recent years on abortion, same-sex marriage, ObamaCare and Citizens United.

"My personal belief is in traditional marriage, but I respect the court's decision and I think it's time to move on and I will not seek to appoint judges that would overturn that decision," he stated. 

McMullin said that while he respected the marriage rights extended by the court, "I also think that we also need to ensure that people’s religious freedom, those that practice some faith or none at all, have the freedom to do so."

McMullin admitted he likes some ObamaCare provisions, such as the law's push to provide care to those with preexisting conditions, but added, “We also need to do better than ObamaCare, and I think we can do better."

On Citizens United, the 2010 Supreme Court decision reviled by liberals that paved the way for super-PACs to spend large sums of money backing political candidates, McMullin said, "I think there’s too much money in politics."

“I’m not sure exactly about how to go about making change in that area,” he said, suggesting decreasing the size of the government.

McMullin said his pick for a running mate "will come in a while" -- not in August. 

McMullin continued to go after Trump, saying he shouldn't get access to the classified security briefings that started this week.

"He is aligned with Vladimir Putin," McMullin said. "He doesn't know the first thing about fighting terrorism."

McMullin said Trump's ideas would "lead us to be more at risk" at terrorism compared to his own experience.