President-elect Donald Trump clearly believes he still has a few scores to settle from the 2016 election.
At an Orlando, Florida, stop on his “Thank You Tour” last night, Trump referred to former Utah challenger Evan McMullin as “Evan McMuffin.”
“That’s correct, that’s his name, he said Evan McMuffin, do you believe this?” The Hill reported.
Apparently Trump had been egged on by the crowd. And McMullin wasn’t lovin’ it. OK, I’ll stop.
In previous stops on the tour, Trump referred to McMullin as “some guy” and “this character.” McMullin took up the gauntlet last week, challenging Trump to say his name.
“Seems you’re growing obsessed with a guy whose name you still don’t have courage to say,” McMullin tweeted. “Say it, Donald. You can do it.”
You can watch Trump’s comments here:
The International Business Times reported that McMullin responded within hours, tweeting, “I hear Egg McMuffins taste a lot better than the steaks at the Trump Grill. True story?”
OK, that was a pretty good comeback; we’ll grant him that. But seriously, gentlemen? Is this what occupies your time?
This behavior only keeps McMullin in the spotlight. McMullin is sharp and experienced and could actually be a valuable asset to the Trump administration if the two men could find some common ground.
Trump and McMullin have a lot in common, Politico reported in August. Both graduates of the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania, neither has ever held public office.
McMullin was an operations officer for the CIA for 11 years from 1999 to 2010, a former investment banker at Goldman Sachs, a volunteer refugee resettlement officer for the United Nations and a deckhand on a commercial fishing boat in Alaska. In short, potentially one of the most well-rounded team members Trump could recruit.
And don’t think for a moment that Donald Trump didn’t know exactly who Evan McMullin was prior to yesterday. When Trump’s poll numbers began slipping in October after the “locker room talk” video incident, McMullin suddenly became relevant and Trump went on the attack,calling him “a puppet” of a local Utah news editor.
Donald Trump likes to get the last word, and Americans have wanted someone like that in office for the past eight years. But it’s probably time to move on to more serious matters and get down to business.
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