BREAKING: Donald Trump's former campaign manager Brad Parscale "barricaded himself in his Fort Lauderdale home, armed with a gun and threatened to harm himself" two months after he was replaced
- Police were called after Parscale allegedly threatened to harm himself on Sunday
- The president announced in July that he would replace Parscale with Bill Stepien
Donald Trump's former campaign manager Brad Parscale was hospitalized on Sunday after he reportedly barricaded himself with a gun in his Fort Lauderdale home.
Police were called after Parscale threatened to harm himself on Sunday afternoon, Local 10 reports.
The president announced in July that he would replace Parscale with longtime political advisor Bill Stepien.
Karen Dietrich, Fort Lauderdale police chief, told The Sun Sentinel, “We went out and it was very brief. We helped him. & # 39;
It is believed that Parscale has since been taken to Broward Health Medical Center.
President Trump announced in late July 15 that he would replace Brad Parscale as his campaign manager with longtime political advisor Bill Stepien
Police were called after Parscale threatened to harm himself on Sunday afternoon
The relationship between Trump and Parscale was increasingly strained, and the president resented the publicity Parscale had garnered in that role.
But the final straw appeared to be a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma last month, which drew an unexpectedly small crowd of about 6,200 after Parscale bragged that more than a million people requested tickets.
The president is said to have been angry.
"I'm pleased to announce that Bill Stepien has been promoted to Trump Campaign Manager," Trump said on Facebook. "Brad Parscale, who has been with me for a long time and has led our enormous digital and data strategies, will remain in this role while also serving as senior advisor to the campaign."
A political freshman, Parscale ran Trump's digital advertising in 2016 and was recognized for contributing to his surprise win that year.
His successor, Stepien, has been in politics for years, working for former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and serving as Trump's national field director in 2016.
The ousted Trump 2020 campaign manager retired to his waterfront home in Florida after being dumped, where he and his wife hosted friends for drinks by the pool
Parscale had been increasingly withdrawn from circulation in the weeks prior to its removal.
Rather than parting completely, Parscale was partially retained as the campaign would have had difficulty rebuilding its digital advertising operations so close to the November 3rd general election.
While the Republican National Committee owned most of the campaign's data, campaign modeling, and contact tools, Parscale ran most of the online microtargeted advertising that Trump staff believed was key in 2016.
Parscale's digital advertising firm was among the top vendors of the campaign, and some in Trump's orbit have claimed the former campaign manager benefited from the president's re-election. Parscale has repeatedly denied the claims.