“He’s not a credible candidate,” McMullin said of Trump on “This Week.”
“I’m the only candidate in this race that has any firsthand experience in fighting terror,” he said. "Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, I think, have proven in different ways that they're unprepared for that challenge."
The conservative candidate said he "absolutely" has a chance of winning, but acknowledged that it would have been better if someone with wide name recognition had entered the race earlier.
“I fully acknowledge that it would have been much better if someone with national name ID had gotten into this race six months ago,” he said.
"As I waited and as millions of Americans waited for that to happen, it became clear at this -- at this last stage of the race, the general election, that if somebody didn't make a move soon, that all hope would be lost."
McMullin was born in Utah, a typically conservative state where Trump said this week he’s having a “tremendous problem” with support. Conservative supporters of McMullin hope his ties to the state mean he could eke out at least a win there.