Brad Parscale, the former Trump campaign manager who was demoted in July, claimed in an interview with Fox News Tuesday night that President Trump would have easily won the election if he had expressed more empathy about the coronavirus pandemic.
“We have lost suburban families,” Parscale said. “I think it stems from one thing: Covid’s decision to open up the economy against public empathy.”
He added: “I think if he had been publicly empathetic he would have won.”
Mr Parscale also appeared to blame those who succeeded him in driving Mr Trump’s campaign for failing to press charges before election day. In fact, the campaign has filed several lawsuits during the early voting period to block changes to the postal voting rules.
“I wanted lawyers everywhere,” Mr. Parscale said. “Why, during the first days of voting, why hadn’t they already gone in there and sued? Why are we publishing it? “
At other points in the interview, Mr. Parscale refused to admit that the president lost the election, saying Mr. Trump was “in a position to be able to do it.”
Mr Parscale has kept a low profile since September, when he was hospitalized after his wife, Candice, called the police saying he was at home with guns and threatened to hurt herself. Ms Parscale also said her husband injured his arms in a “physical altercation”, according to a police report. She later returned to the allegation of domestic violence.
Since that episode, which was filmed on camera footage of the police body, Mr Parscale has claimed he wanted to return to a simpler and more private life by returning real estate. He told friends he wanted to quit politics. Current and former Trump officials on Tuesday interpreted Mr. Parscale’s re-emergence as an attempt to increase the value of a memoir he is also trying to sell and have fun with the president.
Mr Parscale said in the Fox interview that he had not spoken to Mr Trump recently and that the breakup of their relationship was “quite hurtful”.
“I gave them every square inch of my life,” he said of the Trump family. “Every inch.”
At another point in the interview, he claimed he was a “semi-quasi-campaign manager” during Mr. Trump’s winning campaign in 2016, alongside Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law. In fact, Kellyanne Conway, a former White House official, was the president’s campaign manager four years ago.
“The worst thing to do was to separate us both,” Mr Parscale said of his relationship with Mr Kushner, saying the president’s son-in-law was also “slightly sidelined” after his demotion.
Addressing the September altercation for the first time, Mr Parscale hinted at tensions in his marriage, but did not respond to the abuse allegation. Martha MacCallum, the Fox News host who conducted the interview, did not ask him any questions about it.
“We lost two children during the election,” said Parscale, referring to the death of their twins in 2016. “We have been completely attacked by the left, the right, the media. And I came to a wrong place.
He said he and his wife had “never been happier,” adding, “I’m just glad I moved on.”