Brad Parscale, Trump’s former campaign manager who was demoted in July, said in an interview with Fox News on Tuesday night that President Trump would have won the election well if he had expressed more empathy for the coronavirus epidemic.
“We lost suburban families,” Mr. Parscale said. “I think it’s about one thing: the decision on Covid to open up the economy to public empathy.”
He added: “I think if he had been publicly empathetic, he would have won.”
Mr Parscale also appears to have blamed those who managed to run Mr Trump’s campaign because they did not sue before election day. In fact, the campaign launched several lawsuits during the early voting period to prevent changes to the rules of postal voting.
“I wanted lawyers everywhere,” Mr. Parscale said. – Why, in the early voting days, why did they not step in and sue? Why do we do it in the mail?
At other points in the interview, Mr. Parscale refused to admit that the president had lost the election, saying Mr Trump was “in a position to pull it off”.
Mr Parscale has been keeping himself low since September when he was hospitalized after his wife, Candice, called police, saying he had guns in his house and threatened to injure himself. According to a police report, Ms. Parscale also said her husband crushed her arm during a “physical quarrel”. He later withdrew his claim for domestic abuse.
Since this episode, taken on footage from a police body camera, Mr. Parscale has said he wants to return to a simpler, more private life that shoots real estate. He told his friends that he wanted to leave politics. Current and former Trump officials on Tuesday interpreted Mr. Parscale’s re-appearance as an attempt to increase the value of a memoir that he also wants to sell and thank the president.
Mr. Parscale said in an interview with Fox that he had not spoken to Mr. Trump recently and that the severance of their relationship was “quite hurtful”.
“I gave them every inch of my life,” he said of the Trump family. – Every inch.
At another point in the interview, he claimed to have been a “semi-quasi-campaign manager” during Mr Trump’s 2016 winning campaign 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 we’ve ever done was to break up two,” he said of Mr. Parscale’s relationship with Mr. Kushner, claiming that the president’s son-in-law was also “slightly set aside” after his demotion.
He first dealt with the September quarrel, Mr. Parscale referred to the tensions of his marriage, but did not address the allegation of abuse. Martha MacCallum, the host of Fox News who interviewed, did not ask her.
“We lost two children during the election,” Mr. Parscale said, referring to the death of their twins in 2016. “The left, the right and the media have completely attacked us. And I got in the wrong place.
He said he and his wife “have never been happier,” adding, “I’m just glad I went on.”