Brad Parscale is out as Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign manager — and the president just announced his replacement.
According to The Washington Times, a Wednesday post on Trump’s official Facebook page announced that Bill Stepien would be heading the campaign going forward.
Parscale will remain on the campaign’s payroll as a senior adviser and strategist.
A big promotion
“I am pleased to announce that Bill Stepien has been promoted to the role of Trump Campaign Manager,” the president’s Facebook post read. “Brad Parscale, who has been with me for a very long time and has led our tremendous digital and data strategies, will remain in that role, while being a Senior Advisor to the campaign.”
Trump said both Stepien and Parscale were integral to his win over Hillary Clinton in 2016.
“Both were heavily involved in our historic 2016 win, and I look forward to having a big and very important second win together,” he wrote.
Trump went on: “This one should be a lot easier as our poll numbers are rising fast, the economy is getting better, vaccines and therapeutics will soon be on the way, and Americans want safe streets and communities!”
A campaign shake-up
The Washington Times‘ report suggested that the shake-up at Trump’s camp could have something to do with the poor showing at the president’s comeback campaign rally in Oklahoma on June 20. According to the Times, Parscale “bore the brunt of blame” for the low attendance.
Indeed, while it was initially reported that the Trump campaign received hundreds of thousands of requests for tickets to the event, photos shared by the Boston Herald showed numerous empty seats at the Tulsa venue.
Apparently hoping to avoid a redo, Trump has tapped Stepien to take over. According to CBS News, Stepien, who “previously served as deputy campaign manager” for Trump, has now become the president’s “fifth campaign manager [since 2016], following Corey Lewandowski, Paul Manafort, Kellyanne Conway, and Parscale.”
The Washington Times described Stepien as “a seasoned political operative who served as New Hampshire political director of the Bush/Cheney campaign in 2004 and as campaign director for Chris Christie’s successful bid for governor of New Jersey in 2009.” He also worked in the White House for the president before making a move to the campaign earlier this year, the Times reported.
One can only hope he has what it takes to win Trump another four years in the Oval Office.