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That a little-known GOP congressional staffer has a real chance to win Utah's electoral votes has brought the state heightened attention from Donald Trump's campaign and frustration from his backers.
Among those: Fox Business Network personality Lou Dobbs.
Of Provo native and Mormon Evan McMullin, Dobbs wrote Saturday on Twitter: "Look Deeper, He's nothing but a Globalist, Romney and Mormon Mafia Tool #MAGA #AmericaFirst #TrumpPence16 #TrumpTrain #Dobbs."
Dobbs also tweeted about a "Mormon Mafia" on Oct. 8. A search of the term's use prior to this month suggests it's rooted in the fervent opposition to Trump expressed by 2012 Republican presidential nominee and Mormon Mitt Romney.
According to Google's numbers, interest in the term also spiked during the runup to Election Day 2012.
Also apropos, from BYUtv's "Studio C" sketch comedy show, "Message From Above" (h/t @drumphinator):
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