- Brad Parscale, a senior adviser to Donald Trump’s campaign, said he was “stepping away” from the campaign on Wednesday, Politico reported.
- Parscale was involuntarily detained by police this weekend after his wife called 911 and said he pulled out a firearm and threatened to harm himself.
- According to a police report, his wife Candice also told officers that Parscale was physically abusive.
- She told Politico her statement to police was “misconstrued.”
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Brad Parscale, a senior adviser to President Donald Trump’s campaign, announced he was “stepping away” from the campaign on Wednesday, Politico reported.
“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,” Parscale said in the Wednesday statement.
The announcement comes after Parscale was involuntarily detained by police this weekend after his wife called 911 and said he pulled out a firearm and threatened to harm himself.
The Fort Lauderdale Police Department said in a statement to Business Insider on Sunday that Parscale was the only person inside the home at the time and “had access to multiple firearms inside the residence and was threatening to harm himself.”
He was detained under the Baker Act, which allows for the involuntary hospitalization of those considered a threat to themselves or others for psychiatric evaluation.
Police officers confiscated 10 guns from his home and his wife Candice told police that Parscale has post-traumatic stress disorder. She said he turned violent in recent weeks. Candice showed officer bruises on her arms and face, which she said she got in another altercation days earlier.
“While speaking with Candace Parscale [sic] I noticed several large sized contusions on both of her arms, her cheek and forehead,” one responding officer wrote in the report. “When I asked how she received the bruising, Candace Parscale stated Brad Parscale hits her.”
However, on Wednesday, Candice told Politico in a statement that Parscale didn’t physically abuse her and claimed her statement to police was “misconstrued.”
“The statements I made on Sunday have been misconstrued, let it be clear my husband was not violent towards me that day or any day prior,” she said.
On Tuesday, a judge authorized Fort Lauderdale police to seize the guns in his home, Politico reported.
In July, Parscale was replaced by Bill Stepien as Trump’s campaign manager. The demotion came after months of trouble inside the president’s reelection campaign.
“We extend our thanks for everyone’s thoughts and support during this difficult time for our family and we eagerly await all of the facts emerging,” the Parscales said in a statement to Politico.