‘Not at all how the call went’: Sen. Mike Lee’s son calls McMullin’s bluff

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FILE – This Aug. 10, 2016, file photo, Evan McMullin speaks during an interview in Salt Lake City. McMullin, a former independent presidential candidate, is launching a new campaign to challenge Republican Sen. Mike Lee in Utah. McMullin, a former CIA agent and congressional aide, announced his third-party candidacy Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021, in the conservative state where he made inroads with voters uncomfortable with then-candidate Donald Trump in 2016. (Weston Kenney/The Deseret News via AP, File) Weston Kenney/AP

‘Not at all how the call went’: Sen. Mike Lee’s son calls McMullin’s bluff

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After conceding the race to the now three-term Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), failed independent Utah senate candidate Evan McMullin faced backlash from Lee’s son.

McMullin made his concession speech at his election watch party in Taylorsville, Utah, after calling Lee to concede the race. Upon acknowledging that Lee won reelection to the crowd there, he was met with boos.

MIDTERM RESULTS: UTAH SEN. MIKE LEE WINS REELECTION, FENDING OFF CHALLENGE FROM INDEPENDENT EVAN MCMULLIN

In a subsequent Facebook post and tweet, McMullin claimed he told Sen. Lee, “I truly hope that he upholds his oath to the Constitution during his upcoming term.”

Lee’s son John retorted via Twitter: “That is not at all how the call went. I was there. Both candidates were surprisingly cordial. For once, you didn’t take the typical pedantic tone — I was surprised how kind the exchange was. And then you turned around and tweeted this. You have lied and deceived until the very end.”

Utah’s Republican Party Vice Chairman Jordan Hess would go on to corroborate John’s tweet. “I was also there. What @johndlee says is true. McMullin continues to lie,” he tweeted.

https://twitter.com/johndlee_/status/1590241681001308160

McMullin’s campaign did not respond to the Washington Examiner’s request for comment.

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Lee reclaimed his Senate seat in a landslide victory by more than 100,000 votes as of Wednesday morning.

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