During an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee labeled his 2016 support for Evan McMullin a “big mistake.”
“You are right about my vote in 2016. I was wrong, I didn’t believe President Trump would do the things he promised to do and I was sore over how my colleagues had been treated during the election cycle. That vote was a huge mistake and would be huge mistake for my fellow Utahns to vote for Evan McMullin today.” Lee told Fox Host Shannon Bream during an appearance on the Sunday news program.
McMullin received less than 1% of the vote in 2016, but 21.5% of the vote in Utah.
“Evan McMullin is a Democrat. He’s been endorsed by the Democratic Party. “He’s raised $2.5 million in the last quarter alone on ActBlue, the Democrat donor network, He spent $1.6 million feeding it right back into the Democratic-industrial complex. He supported democratic policies.” Lee continued.
McMullin, who is technically running as an independent, received the Democratic party’s endorsement in April, when the party also decided not to enter their own candidate into the contest and instead back the former CIA employee against Lee.
Lee went on to continue to blast McMullin, saying “If it quacks like a duck, if it walks like a duck and it has webbed feet like a duck, in this case, it’s a Democrat, and that’s what Evan McMullin is. Utahns don’t want more of Joe Biden’s policies…that are costing them dearly. The average Utah family is shelling out $949 a month every month just for what they need to live on because of Biden’s inflation.”
McMullin emerged as a favorite of Never Trump conservatives in 2016, such as the notorious ‘Lincoln Project’ a popularity which eventually led to a failed and somewhat obscure presidential run in 2016.