Parscale, 44, was demoted as campaign manager in July as the president’s polls soared. Long one of Trump’s closest associates, Parscale remained on the re-election effort to a limited capacity: he made trips from his home in Florida to the campaign headquarters in Arlington, Virginia and worked on digital projects, including the production of videos for the Republican National Convention.
“I am moving away from my business 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 Wednesday’s statement.
According to a statement she made to police, Candice Parscale fled their waterfront home in Fort Lauderdale after seeing her husband cock a handgun. Police reports and video footage described a chaotic situation, with Candice Parscale telling law enforcement that her husband was “declaiming and delirious.”
Police arrived at the house after receiving a call from Terry Bethal, a real estate agent who spotted Candice Parscale as he pointed to a nearby house. As the two huddled in Bethal’s car, Parscale, 41, told a 911 dispatcher that she initially heard a loud noise and thought her husband may have shot himself.
In police reports and on appeal, Candice Parscale said her husband made suicidal comments and suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. Police also said they spotted “large bruises” on Candice Parscale’s arms, cheek and forehead.
The police eventually persuaded Parscale to leave his home. Body camera footage released by the Fort Lauderdale Police Department showed the 6-foot-8 Parscale – shirtless and holding a can of beer – under attack by law enforcement. After the officers handcuffed him, Parscale repeatedly told them, “I didn’t do anything.
Trump’s aide has been detained under the Baker Act, which allows people considered a threat to themselves or others to be involuntarily detained.
After serving as digital director of Trump’s 2016 campaign, Parscale helped lead the pro-Trump super PAC. He was appointed campaign manager for the 2018 re-election effort. A trusted confidante of Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, he has developed a close relationship with the president and his family.
“We hope the best for Brad and his family,” said Tim Murtaugh, a spokesperson for the Trump campaign.
While Candice Parscale said in her statement on Wednesday that her husband had not hit her, police said she told them otherwise. Steven Smith, a member of the SWAT team who responded to the residence, said in his report that “when I asked how she received the bruises, Candace [sic] Parscale said Brad Parscale was hitting her.
Another officer, Timothy Skaggs, said he identified bruises on Candice Parscale’s arms. Skaggs said she told him they “happened a few days ago during a physical altercation with Bradley, which she did not report.”
When calling 911, Bethal can also be heard asking Candice Parscale for the marks. “What are these bruises? Oh no. Did he do that? Oh my God, your arm. Did he hurt you?
Parscale did not respond audibly.
A Florida judge on Tuesday granted Fort Lauderdale Police the power to seize all weapons and ammunition in Parscale, with a final hearing scheduled for October. In his request to the court to take the guns, police said that “further investigation revealed that Mr. Parscale’s drinking and violent behavior increased shortly after his demotion to his job.
The Parscales have told people they are in persistent distress following the loss of their twin children in 2016, both of whom died prematurely. They also complained about the scrutiny surrounding Parscale’s tenure as campaign manager.
The couple said in a joint statement on Wednesday: “We thank everyone else for each other’s thoughts and support during this difficult time for our family and we look forward to all the facts that emerge.