Former CIA agent Evan McMullin announces his presidential campaign as an Independent candidate on August 10, 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Evan McMullin responds to 'Mormon mafia' tweet
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"This country is for people of all races and religions," McMullin said

"I'd really love it if Lou Dobbs would have me on," he said

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Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin said Friday he’s not surprised that supporters of Donald Trump have labeled him a “Mormon Mafia Tool” because the campaign has made a habit of attacking opponents based on their race and religion.

“A hallmark of Donald Trump’s campaign has been to attack people based on their race and religion and all of this and so it’s not a surprise to me at all,” he told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota on “New Day.”

Fox Business Network anchor Lou Dobbs suggested recently that McMullin was a part of a “Mormon Mafia,” along with former presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

“Look Deeper, He’s nothing but a Globalist, Romney and Mormon Mafia Tool #MAGA #AmericaFirst #TrumpPence16 #TrumpTrain #Dobbs,” the Fox Business Network host tweeted last Saturday.

McMullin, a conservative who entered the race in August and is running strong in Utah which could create problems for Trump, said he’d like Dobbs to invite him on his television show so he could explain his comment.

“I’d really love it if Lou Dobbs would have me on,” he said. “I’d love to hear him describe exactly what is the Mormon Mafia. I think it would be pretty interesting to hear.”

Trump and his supporters need to understand that America is open to people regardless of their race or faith, McMullin said.

“This country is for people of all races and religions and certainly both genders are equal and should be treated as such,” he said. “If you don’t understand that, you have no business leading this country.”

McMullin also attacked Republican lawmakers backing Trump despite his words about people of other faiths.

“This is a guy who I think is really demonstrating that the Republican Party has lost its way and abandoned its core principles,” he said.

Dobbs previously worked as an anchor at CNN.

McMullin surge threatens to squeeze Trump’s already narrow path to victory