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Brad Parscale, former campaign manager and longtime digital strategist for President Trump, has stepped down from his role in the president’s re-election efforts, campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh told NPR. Last weekend, Parscale was involved in an incident with the police in which he was involuntarily hospitalized.
In a statement to Politico on Wednesday, Parscale said he would resign to seek help for “overwhelming stress” for him and his family.
Over the weekend, Parscale was involuntarily hospitalized after his wife Candice called the police who were concerned that Parscale was trying to harm himself.
According to the police report of the incident, Candice had bruises on both arms from “a few days ago during an altercation with Bradley that she did not report.”
In a statement to Politico, Candice refuted the police report that Parscale had physically abused her.
“The statements I made on Sunday were misinterpreted. It should be clear that my husband was not violent against me that day or the day before,” Candice told the publication.
Parscale is stepping down from an already diminished role within the campaign after being downgraded by the campaign manager in July. His farewell leaves the already difficult campaign without one of its longest-term advisors.
As Trump’s approval rating continues to decline – and amid controversy, including his response to the coronavirus pandemic, the bomb New York Times Report on the president’s taxes and Trump’s ongoing refusal to condemn white supremacists directly – the campaign struggles to get voters undecided on November 3rd.