Days after he was involuntarily committed for a psychological evaluation, former Trump 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale confirmed that he would be taking a break from politics to focus on his family, as reported by the Washington Examiner.
His name made headlines last month over reports that his wife contacted authorities after he was allegedly armed and threatening to harm himself.
“For the immediate future”
While that incident has apparently been resolved, Parscale issued a statement to Politico confirming that he would be leaving the campaign.
“I am stepping away from my company and any role in the campaign for the immediate future to focus on my family and get help dealing with the overwhelming stress,” he said.
Though he rose within the ranks to become a prominent figure within the campaign, Parscale lost his title earlier this year after the president’s poll numbers begin to dip and he hosted a sparsely attended rally in Oklahoma. He has since maintained a diminished position within the campaign.
Police bodycam footage reveals Parscale being taken into custody as well as the concerns of his wife, Candice.
She told officers that he had been “depressed and suicidal” before beginning to act “crazy” and cocking a firearm.
“He’s going irate”
“He’s acting crazy and so I went out to the backyard to let him just chill out,” she continued. “He’s going irate, and he’s like, came out of his office, cocked the gun, went back in. I’m like, OK, this is like f—ed up. So I went to the front yard. … Give him his space.”
Parscale can be seen on the footage as officers tackle him to the ground and he repeats that he “didn’t do anything.”
Contrary to earlier reports, Candice Parscale clarified that her husband had not been physically abusive toward her.
Parscale, who recent reports suggest has been the target of a probe into the alleged theft of millions of dollars from the Trump campaign and the Republican National Convention, was hospitalized under the Baker Act, a Florida provision allowing for the involuntary detention of individuals believed to pose a danger to themselves or others.
Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh spoke for Americans of all political affiliations in his reaction: “We hope only for the best for Brad and his family.”