Parscale Is OUT As Trump Campaign Manager, Bill Stepien Takes Over

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( President Donald Trump shook up his campaign team on Wednesday, announcing that campaign manager Brad Parscale would be stepping down from his role, and deputy campaign manager Bill Stepien stepping in to replace him. Parscale will remain on the campaign, providing expert advice on digital and data strategies.

In a Facebook post, President Trump announced the news.

“I am pleased to announce that Bill Stepien has been promoted to the role of Trump Campaign Manager,” he said. “Brad Parscape, who has been with me for a very long time and has led our tremendous digital and data strategies, will remain in that role while being a Senior Advisor to the campaign. Both were heavily involved in our historic 2016 win, and I look forward to having a big and very important second win together.”

The news was well-received among many Republican commentators on Twitter who have been arguing for some time that Parscale should be replaced. It comes at a time when President Trump isn’t faring so well in national polls.

President Trump suggested that he doesn’t believe those polls, however, in that same Facebook post.

“This one should be a lot easier as our poll numbers are rising fast, the economy is getting better, vaccines and therapeutics will soon be on the way, and Americans want safe streets and communities!” he added.

Jared Kushner, a Senior Advisor to the president, told the New York Times that both campaign officials were “unsung heroes of the 2016 campaign” and have both done a “great job building the infrastructure for the president’s campaign for the 2020 race.”

Among the shakeup, the Chief Operating Officer of the Trump campaign, Michael Glassner, was moved to oversee the ongoing lawsuits against media organizations. He has been replaced with Jeffrey DeWit, who you may remember as the Arizona campaign chair in 2016. Some media outlets have speculated that the shakeup was prompted not just by poor polling numbers, but by the surprisingly low turnout at the Tulsa, Oklahoma rally recently.

Trump may well continue to shake up his team depending on how his polling numbers do in the coming weeks. The success of the campaign will be determined by the economy and the success of the government in getting people back to work, but potentially also on how well the spread of the coronavirus is managed through the rest of the summer and fall.