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McMullin calls Trump's attitude a threat to Constitution

Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin speaks to his supporters during a election night watch party after Republican Donald Trump won Utah Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin speaks to his supporters during a election night watch party after Republican Donald Trump won Utah Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
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Evan McMullin may have lost the 2016 presidential election, but he’s not going away quietly.

On Dec. 5, the former CIA officer composed an op-ed for the New York Times in which he called President-elect Donald Trump’s authoritarian attitude a threat to the U.S. Constitution. He said he was present for meetings with the president-elect before he won the nomination, in which Trump expressed a lack of “basic knowledge of the Constitution.”

“There is still deeper cause for concern," McMullin wrote. "Mr. Trump’s erroneous proclamation also suggested that he lacked even an interest in the Constitution. Worse, his campaign rhetoric had demonstrated authoritarian tendencies."

McMullin said that the real estate mogul made claims that made him appear disinterested in the Constitution. He’s questioned the free press, “called for violating Muslims’ equal protection under the law, promised the use of torture and attacked Americans based on their gender, race and religion,” according to McMullin.

McMullin wrote that he’s seen similar tactics used by “firsthand authoritarians” around the world. The need for power drives them to exercise restraints against the free media, the people and cultural norms, he wrote.

But it’s important to remember that Americans “are born equal, with basic, natural rights, including those of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” McMullin wrote, paraphrasing the U.S. Constitution.

He said he hopes the United States won’t normalize Trump’s ideas about how the country should work. He said people who feel the same should work together to make sure authoritarianism doesn’t hit the United States, and that he hopes to unite those people.

You can read McMullin’s op-ed in full at The New York Times.

This isn’t the first time McMullin has tried to unify people against Trump’s brand of politics. McMullin called for a "new conservative movement" back in October, in which conservatives should support people from all religious backgrounds, among other ideas.

To launch this movement into the mainstream, McMullin hoped to win the state of Utah — in which he polled pretty well, exciting national media — but he fell short, finishing behind both Trump and Hillary Clinton.

But that hasn’t stopped McMullin from speaking out against the president-elect since the election. Before he published the aforementioned op-ed, McMullin also tweeted out a 10-point “guide to living under a potentially ‘authoritarian’ Trump.”

Here’s a look at his 10 points.

Will these points help America work together to avoid the authortarianism? McMullin surely hopes so.

“We cannot allow Mr. Trump to normalize the idea that he is the ultimate arbiter of our rights. Those who can will need to speak out boldly and suffer possible retaliation,” he wrote in his op-ed. “Others will need to offer hands of kindness and friendship across the traditional political divide, as well as to those who may become targets because of who they are or what they believe.”