Former CIA analyst and anti-Trump pundit Evan McMullin says "we shouldn't ignore" that murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi was not just a critic of the Saudi crown prince but of President Donald Trump. He called it "interesting" as well as "important to point out." A pestered McMullin later said the Trump-Khashoggi connection is not something that should be ignored.
"Jamal Khashoggi was banned from speaking publicly and writing publicly in Saudi Arabia. In September 2016, after he spoke critically about Donald Trump here at a think tank in Washington," McMullin said Wednesday night on MSNBC.
"So it's just interesting and important to point out in addition to Trump's conflicts of interest with Saudi Arabia which you pointed out in the beginning and which are significant. But Khashoggi was a critic of President Trump and of MBS," McMullin told host Lawrence O'Donnell.
"He was a critic of these aspiring authoritarians and in the case of Mohammad Bin Salman, an actual authoritarian, living out his authoritarian dreams," the former independent presidential candidate said. "But it's significant because Khashoggi was a critic of Donald Trump as well and I don't think we should ignore that."