Trump demotes campaign manager Brad Parscale

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Trump demotes campaign manager Brad Parscale
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Trump demotes campaign manager Brad Parscale
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President Trump announced Wednesday that his current 2020 campaign manager, Brad Parscale, will be replaced by political operative Bill Stepien. Parscale will stay on leading digital and data strategies for the campaign, and serve as a senior adviser.

“I am pleased to announce that Bill Stepien has been promoted to the role of Trump Campaign Manager,” Mr. Trump announced on Facebook. “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 Advisor 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.”

Parscale’s fall came slowly, but accelerated after Mr. Trump’s Tulsa rally, when the campaign hyped that 1 million people had requested tickets for the event but in the end, only 6,200 showed up at the 19,000-seat BOK Center. Additionally, at least eight Trump campaign advance staffers and two Secret Service agents who worked in Tulsa ahead of the rally tested positive for the coronavirus. A top Tulsa health official said last week the rally “more than likely contributed” to a spike in coronavirus cases in the area.

Mr. Trump’s poll numbers have been in free fall in recent weeks. A recent CBS News Battleground Tracker poll had Mr. Trump struggling in Arizona and Texas — reliably Republican states that he won in 2016. The poll also had Mr. Trump down by 2 in Georgia and 6 in Florida.

Parscale also drew Mr. Trump’s wrath last year amid stories of sizable payments to his firms from the campaign and RNC combined with reports of Parscale’s lavish style of living. Parscale holds at least one stake in Parscale Strategy, LLC, a vendor that has been paid eight figures by the Trump campaign, Republican National Committee and two joint fundraising committees linking the campaign and national party committee. Resentment grew around Parscale as longtime critics of the president’s campaign manager — and the president himself — complained of how much he was profiting off the campaign.

You can read the rest of Victoria Albert’s article at CBSnews.com

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