Police had to remove President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Brad Parscale after he barricaded himself in his home Sunday, Fox News reported. Parscale’s wife called Fort Lauderdale, Fla., police saying she worried her husband was suicidal and had firearms in the home.
Police removed Parscale, 44, from the house without incident and took him to a local hospital, Fox News said.
“Politics aside, this fellow obviously suffers from emotional distress,” Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis told the Sun-Sentinel. “I’m glad he didn’t do any harm to himself or others. I commend our SWAT team for being able to negotiate a peaceful ending to this.”
The Trump campaign released a statement saying it was “ready to support him and his family in any way possible.”
“Brad Parscale is a member of our family and we all love him. We are ready to support him and his family in any way possible,” the statement read, according to Fox News. “The disgusting, personal attacks from Democrats and disgruntled RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) have gone too far, and they should be ashamed of themselves for what they’ve done to this man and his family.”
Brad Parscale replaced as campaign manager
Bill Stepien in July replaced Brad Parscale, who served as Trump’s digital advertising manager in 2016, Fox News said. Several polls then showed Trump was trailing Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. Though Parscale currently serves as the campaign’s senior adviser for data and digital operations.
“I am pleased to announce that Bill Stepien has been promoted to the role of Trump campaign manager,” Mr. Trump said then in a statement the New York Times reported. “Brad Parscale, who has been with me for a very long time and has led our tremendous digital and data strategies, will remain in that role, while being a senior adviser to the campaign. Both were heavily involved in our historic 2016 win, and I look forward to having a big and very important second win together.”
Trump picked Parscale to lead the campaign in February 2018. However, a The Washington Post story that coincided with his dismissal said staffers viewed Parscale as aloof and self promoting. They complained he often took calls by his pool at home, the article said.
Parscale tweeted Friday to emphasize his support of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ order to lift COVID-19 restrictions on businesses in the state.