Wife of former Trump campaign chief Brad Parscale says he hits her


Trump 2020 re-election campaign manager, stands for the national anthem as U.S. President Donald Trump rallies with supporters during a Make America Great Again rally in Southaven, Mississippi, U.S., October 2, 2018.

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The bruised wife of former Trump presidential campaign chief Brad Parscale told Florida police on Sunday that he “hits her” after a suicidal Parscale was taken to a hospital for evaluation on Sunday, an official report revealed.

Cops also seized 10 firearms, including several rifles, after cops took Parscale into custody at his Fort Lauderdale home, according to the police report obtained by NBC News.

The report reveals that Candace Parscale called police on Sunday afternoon after Brad Parscale, following “a verbal altercation,” loaded a round of ammunition in a gun he was holding “in front of her.”

“Candace immediately fled residence and stated she heard a loud bang shortly after,” the report said. 

“Candace stated that they realized that Bradley did not shoot himself when they heard Bradley ranting and pacing around the residence and the dog barking [frantically]. However, they were concerned that Bradley might still try to shoot himself.”

Candace Parscale told police that her 44-year-old husband, who in July was deposed from his role of overseeing President Donald Trump’s campaign and replaced by Bill Stepien, has been “depressed and suicidal recently.”

Candace said “this has led him to consume alcohol a lot more frequently and make suicidal statements,” according to a cop who spoke to her.

Parscale in recent months has served Trump’s campaign as a senior advisor for digital and data.

When police showed up at the Parscale home Sunday after Candace called to home to say he was armed and threatening to harm himself, an officer called Brad several times and tried to get him to leave the house.

“However, he declined and remained inside the residence,” the officer wrote. “Bradley`s speech was slurred as though  he was under the influence of an alcoholic beverage and he seemed to be crying.”

The police report said that during negotiations at the house, Brad Parscale “appeared aggressive as he consistantly [sic] spoke in a yelling and highly agitated tone and would not meet with officers away from his residence.” 

At one point during the standoff, Parscale was seen by police sitting at the front door of his residence, drinking a beer and “talking to himself”

But he was eventually convinced to leave the residence after crisis negotiators and a SWAT team were called to the scene.

Police then took him to a hospital under the Baker Act, a mental health law that allows for involuntary and voluntary admittance to a health-care facility.

The police report says that an officer noticed bruises on Candace Parscale at the scene.

A cop wrote on the report that “while speaking with Candace Parscale I noticed several large sized contusions on both of her arms, her cheek and forehead.”

“When I asked how she received the bruising, Candace Parscale stated Brad Parscale hits her,” the officer wrote. 

“Candace … stated that Bradley has been stressed out for the past two weeks and has made
suicidal comments throughout the week to shoot himself. Bradley did not make any suicidal comments today,’ the officer wrote.

“However Candace was concerned for his safety. Candace advised Bradley drinks and he “suffers from ‘PTSD’ [post-traumautic stress disorder]. “

In a statement issued before the police report was released, Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh said Parscale “is a member of our family and we all love him.”

“We are ready to support him and his family in any way possible,” Murtaugh said. “The disgusting, personal attacks from Democrats and disgruntled RINOs [Republicans in Name Only] have gone too far, and they should be ashamed of themselves for what they’ve done to this man and his family.” 

Murtaugh did not immediately respond to a query from CNBC about the claim in the police report by Candace Parscale that Brad hits her.

This is developing news. Check back for updates.



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