(AmericanPoliticalDaily.com)- There has been a change in leadership at President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign team.
Brad Parscale has been demoted as campaign manager, and Bill Stepien will be promoted to take that role.
Parscale played a pivotal role in Trump’s election in the 2016 election. He has often been lauded by the president for his work as a digital guru. He was named campaign manager of the re-election campaign early in 2018.
But he has been taking heat as of late — both because of Trump’s poor polling numbers compared to presumptive challenger Joe Biden and for a disastrous turnout at a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Before the event was held, Parscale publicly predicted that there would be more than 100,000 people attending the event to watch the president speak. When the day came, however, the crowd was reported to be a little more than 6,000.
An outdoor event following the rally was canceled that day because there was no need, and Trump took a lot of heat in the media for what was dubbed the debacle.
Trump announced the decision in a Facebook post, saying:
“I am pleased to announce that Bill Stepien has been promoted to the role of Trump Campaign Manager. Brad Parscale, 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. 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!”
Parscale has worked for the Trump family for years, way before Trump launched an official campaign for president. He eventually became a leader in the data analytics team for the campaign in June 2016. After the campaign was successful, Parscale went on to work with America First Policies, which is a political organization that favors the president.
In February 2018, he was elevated into the role of running Trump’s entire campaign. Officials within the president’s inner circle worried about Parscale’s lack of political experience over time, though, with one senior adviser saying:
“It was only a matter of time” before he was removed as the campaign manager. “His inexperience hindered the campaign.”
As for Stepien, he joined Trump’s campaign in August 2016. He once served as the national director for John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign. He was also a political director in New Hampshire for President George W. Bush’s successful 2004 re-election campaign.
Stepien was fired as a top aide to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie during the Bridgegate scandal. Before he was removed from that position, he was expected to be Christie’s campaign manager in the 2016 election.
According to Matt Mowers, a former aide for both Trump and Christie:
“Bill is the most talented political operative in America. He understands political operations. He understands field. He understands turnout and metrics in a way that’s unparalleled.”