“Brad Parscale is a member of our family and we love him,” said Tim Murtaugh, Trump campaign communications director. “We are ready to support him and his family in any way we can.”
Parscale was demoted from Campaign Manager in July but remained part of the campaign and helped run the digital operations.
With a height of 6 to 8 inches and a distinctive beard, Parscale had become a celebrity for Trump supporters, often posing for photos and signing autographs before campaign rallies. But Trump had pissed him off earlier this year when Parscale drew a wave of media attention that included a focus on his seemingly dazzling lifestyle on the Florida coast that kept him away from campaign headquarters in Virginia.
Over the summer, he hyped a million ticket requests for the president’s comeback rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which ultimately drew only 6,000 people. An angry Trump stared at a sea of empty seats and weeks later promoted Bill Stepien to campaign manager.
Parscale was originally hired by Jared Kushner, the president’s powerful son-in-law, to run Trump’s 2016 campaign. While the Republican National Committee owns most of the campaign’s data, campaign modeling, and contact tools, Parscale ran most of the online microtargeted advertising that Trump staff believe was key to his victory four years ago.
Under the state’s Red Flag Act, officials could ask a judge to ban Parscale from possession of weapons for up to a year.