WATCH | Never Trump Republicans figure out how to push back against President Trump
Remember #NeverTrump? They even had their own presidential candidate in former CIA agent and hill staffer Evan McMullin who saw then candidate Donald Trump as a threat to democracy. McMullin with little money and even less name ID won 21.3 percent of the vote in his home state of Utah, but overall about 9 in 10 Republicans voted for Trump. However, the Trump victory hasn’t stopped McMullin, what did do though is force him to change plans now he’s launched Stand Up Republic to fight Trump and preserve democracy.
"If anyone was expecting people like us to simply just go away, then I think they misread our conviction around the need the stand up for the Constitution and democracy in America," McMullin told Circa.
McMullin along with his former running mate Mindy Finn believe Americans of both parties are yearning for a group like this.
“It is important to stand up now to defend democracy," McMullin said. "We believe that there is support, broadly, on both sides for these things. But there needs to be still an organization to remind people of their importance and to organize around it, and that's what we're doing."
The new group started with a band by launching an anti-Trump ad during the first week of the new administration.
The new ad targets Trump's alleged ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“Vladimir Putin has been actively undermining democracy," according to McMullin. "That's why it's important to confront Donald Trump on his ties to Russia.”
Time will tell if McMullin is able to keep the Never Trump movement alive through his new group.
"I think as an admirable and ambitious young man, he is doing the right thing to put himself in that niche and be ready," Berry College Professor Peter Lawler told Circa. "But right now it's not his moment. I mean, most Republicans are saying we have a duty to work with Trump for now."