As we lurch ever closer to the 2020 election, now just 4 months away, President Trump is shaking things up a bit out on the campaign trail.
Thanks to coronavirus, there hasn’t really been a whole lot of “campaigning” happening right now. The President has held only one major rally, nearly a month ago in Tulsa, Oklahoma. That event was not nearly as well attended as the campaign had planned for, with the dual issues of COVID-19 and a number of social media users who attempted to dupe the Trump team by reserving hundreds of thousands of tickets that they never planned to use.
Just weeks later, Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale has been demoted.
Bill Stepien will replace Brad Parscale as manager of the Trump campaign, the president announced Wednesday night, shaking up the leadership of his stalled reelection bid.
Parscale will stay on in his role leading the campaign’s digital strategy and will serve as a senior adviser, Trump said. Parscale was the digital guru of the president’s insurgent 2016 White House bid but had not worked as a campaign manager prior to taking that role ahead of the 2020 race.
Stepien was recently promoted to deputy campaign manager. He previously served as the White House political director during Trump’s first two years in office. Before that, he was the campaign manager for former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) two successful statewide campaigns in the Garden State.
The news also tipped the Twitterverse off to a new conspiracy theory regarding Hope Hicks, who has now been romantically linked to several members of the Trump team who’ve been fired, quit, or demoted.
Twitter chides ‘jealous’ Trump after Brad Parscale’s demotion is blamed on ‘canoodling’ with Hope Hicks – https://t.co/2hg1bpfrem
— Cheri Jacobus (@CheriJacobus) July 16, 2020
As if 2020 couldn’t get any stranger.
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