Parscale Steps Away From Trump Campaign Due to ‘Overwhelming Stress’

September 30, 2020 Updated: October 1, 2020

Senior Trump campaign adviser Brad Parscale. says he’s stepping away from his position in the reelection effort, according to a statement he provided to Politico.

“I am stepping away from my company and any role in the campaign for the immediate future to focus on my family and get help dealing with the overwhelming stress,” Parscale said in the statement.

Parscale, 44, didn’t immediately respond to a request by The Epoch Times to verify the statement.

Parscale was hospitalized on Sept. 27 after he allegedly threatened to harm himself at his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, according to reports. He was arrested under Florida’s Baker Act, which allows police to detain a person who might harm themselves or others. Authorities also confiscated 10 guns from his home.

Parscale’s wife, Candice, told Politico in a separate statement that he didn’t physically abuse her, contrary to earlier police reports.

“The statements I made on Sunday have been misconstrued. Let it be clear: my husband was not violent towards me that day or any day prior,” she said.

President Donald Trump replaced Parscale as campaign manager with Bill Stepien in July.

Parscale was chosen as manager for Trump’s reelection campaign in March 2018. Prior to being the campaign manager, he ran Trump’s digital advertising campaign in 2016 and was credited with helping Trump win the election.

Tim Murtaugh, the Trump campaign communications director, on Sept. 27 issued a statement following initial reports of Parscale having been hospitalized.

“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 disgusting, personal attacks from Democrats and disgruntled RINOs have gone too far, and they should be ashamed of themselves for what they’ve done to this man and his family,” he said, referring to the acronym for “Republican in name only,” used to describe Democratic-leaning Republican politicians.

Timothy Skaggs, one of the officers who responded to a police call from Parscale’s home, wrote in a police report that his wife allegedly “heard a loud bang shortly after, [then] realized that Bradley did not shoot himself when they heard Bradley ranting and pacing around the residence.”

Police Chief Karen Dietrich said Parscale didn’t threaten police and and went willingly with authorities.

“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.”

Mimi Nguyen Ly and Jack Phillips contributed to this report.

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