President Trump demotes Brad Parscale from role as 2020 campaign manager

Cheryl Sanders
July 16, 2020

Donald Trump is shaking up his 2020 re-election campaign, promoting Bill Stepien to campaign manager while Brad Parscale will become a senior adviser.

Mr Parscale - who was reportedly blamed by Mr Trump's inner circle for a poorly attended rally in Oklahoma last month - will stay on as senior adviser. But the move to demote Parscale had been in the works for months, with Trump and Kushner getting the cover they needed to make the decision public on Wednesday after a string of awful poll numbers came out throughout the day showing the president losing to presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden in November.

Prior to 2016, Stepien was the campaign manager for former Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J.

This is Trump's first major campaign shakeup of 2020.

The move comes as Trump's poll numbers look increasingly bleak. Speculation had been rampant about who might be promoted to lead the operation, with names like former Trump strategist Steve Bannon floated.

"This is the same exhausted story being shopped every week by the same lowlife anonymous sources who are putting their own personal interests ahead of the president and his campaign, in a misguided attempt to weasel their way in to resurrect their failed and disgraced careers", Parscale had told the Post". He will maintain his digital and data strategy duties, per the campaign. While the Republican National Committee owned most of the campaign's data, voter modeling and outreach tools, Parscale ran most of the microtargeted online advertising that Trump aides believed were key in 2016.

Trump axed his campaign manager on Wednesday. Parscale has repeatedly denied the claims.

Mr Biden also shuffled his campaign team, albeit much earlier in the cycle, amid a disastrous stretch in his campaign.

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