Trump campaign aide Parscale detained after threat to harm self

Clay Curtis
September 28, 2020

President Trump's former campaign manager Brad Parscale purportedly was taken to a Florida hospital on Sunday by police after a brief but tense stand-off in which he barricaded himself in his home with firearms and threatened to harm himself.

According to the report, he willingly let the police to detain himself under the Florida's Baker Act that allows police to arrest a person that may potentially threaten others. Lauderdale Police Department, a 911 call was placed by Parscale's wife who advised that "her husband was armed, had access to multiple firearms inside the residence and was threatening to harm himself".

Police met no resistance from Parscale, who was alone in the house, as they moved in, with Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Karen Dietrich telling the Sentinel that they "went and got him help".

Tim Murtaugh, Trump campaign's spokesperson, wished Parscale well and inexplicably blamed Democrats and anti-Trump Republicans for Parscale's suicide threats, but gave no evidence to support his allegation.

He was replaced by Bill Stepien, Trump's former director of political affairs at the White House. The Trump 2020 campaign is looking to flip the battleground state of New Hampshire with the use of a strong economy and appeals to his core voters on immigration and guns.

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Police gave no reason for Parscale's suicide attempt.

Parscale continued to hold a senior role in the campaign - in charge of digital spending - but had been demoted in July after questions were raised about his spending and in the aftermath of a June rally in Tulsa, Okla., where the president and Parscale promised a big crowd but one did not materialize amid the coronavirus pandemic. While Trump and Parscale had seemingly patched things up, a couple of months later, Parscale was demoted from his top position on Trump's campaign staff.

CNN adds that officers later identified him to CNN as Bradley Parscale: "Parscale has not been seen much at the campaign's office since his demotion, a campaign source told CNN's Jim Acosta".

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