Friday, 22 February, 2019

Trump names Brad Parscale as campaign manager for 2020 reelection bid

Brad Parscale arrives at Trump Tower Brad Parscale arrives at Trump Tower
Kristopher Love | 01 March, 2018, 21:48

In the Tuesday statement, Jared Kushner and Eric Trump praised Parscale, with Trump saying the newly named campaign chief "has our family's complete trust and is the flawless person to be at the helm of the campaign".

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters in June 2017 that Trump was going to run for re-election in 2020. There are almost 1,000 days, plus a set of midterm elections, to go before the next presidential election. Analyses in the left-wing tech magazine Wired and the Hill both spotlighted the superiority of Trump's digital operation following the election. "He is simply not a qualified choice to help a campaign like this". "Given the recent discussion about pricing we're putting this out to clear up any confusion", Bosworth said on Twitter. His Florida-based firm, Parscale Strategy, has a contract with the Republican National Committee to, among other things, help grow its data base of small donors.

Trump questioned the campaign's extensive spending on digital media, at one point saying, "I don't believe in this mumbo-jumbo digital stuff", Parscale recalled to 60 Minutes earlier this year.

White House aide Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law, echoed that sentiment.

Parscale's belief in the power of Facebook is bad news for Zuckerberg, who has been under intense pressure from the mainstream media, Democrats, and left-wing employees inside his own company for "allowing" Trump to win in 2016.

"Brad is an awesome talent and was pivotal to our success in 2016", Eric Trump praised. "He has our family's complete trust and is the ideal person to be at the helm of the campaign", Eric Trump said. Drawing on our time with Parscale and those around him, here's why I think Trump chose him to run the re-election campaign: Loyalty. He frequently tweets and retweets articles related to the ongoing scandal surrounding Russian hacking of the 2016 election. While he's denied any knowledge of the Russian Federation hacks, it's a topic that's already been underscored by critics to Trump's newly announced hire.

Another potential hurdle for Parscale: He has had a tense relationship with the president's top backers - billionaires Bob and Rebekah Mercer.

Kushner and Parscale enjoy a close relationship dating to their time on the 2016 Trump campaign.

Stephanie Winston Wolkoff had her contract with the first lady cancelled last week after records showed that her company had been paid $26m (€21m) to help plan Mr Trump's inauguration. "And I had a great team".

Last year, the House intelligence committee requested that Parscale testify behind closed doors about the campaign.

By the end of that White House race, Mr Parscale, based in San Antonio, Texas, had 100 people reporting to him and oversaw the production of between 50,000 and 60,000 Facebook adverts every day.

Parscale and the rest of the campaign team will not only start working on Trump's 2020 campaign, they will be helping other Republican candidates in the upcoming 2018 elections.

It's unclear if Parscale or his firms will continue to also get paid by the outside group America First.

President Trump has prioritized loyalty in his next campaign after feeling burned by some of his previous campaign staffers, according to multiple people familiar with his thinking.