, who served as President Trump’s 2020 campaign manager until July, was taken to a mental health facility Sunday night after barricading himself in his home with guns and threatening to harm himself, police said. Parscale was arrested without injuries and transported to a local hospital.
Fort Lauderdale police said they responded to a call from a gunman who attempted suicide at around 4pm. Parscale’s wife, who made the call, told police he was armed and that there were several firearms in the residence, police said. The officers determined that he was the only person inside the residence.
Police said the officers made contact with Parscale and developed a relationship, then negotiated safely for him to leave the house. He is detained under the Baker Act, a Florida law that allows involuntary institutionalization of up to 72 hours for a person who is believed to pose a risk to themselves.
Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh said in a statement that Parscale is “a member of our family and we all love him.”
“We are ready to support him and his family in any way we can,” Murtaugh said. “The disgusting and personal attacks by disgruntled Democrats and RINOs have gone too far, and they should be ashamed of themselves for what they did to this man and his family.”
Parscale also drew Mr. Trump’s ire last year amid stories of sizable payments to his companies from the campaign and the Republican National Committee, combined with reports of Parscale’s lavish lifestyle. Parscale holds at least one stake in Parscale Strategy, LLC, a supplier that has been paid eight figures by the Trump campaign, the Republican National Committee, and two joint fundraising committees that link the campaign and the National Party Committee. Resentment grew around Parscale when longtime critics of the president’s campaign director – and the president himself – complained about how much he earned from the campaign.
A close ally of the Trump family, Parscale served as digital director of Mr. Trump’s 2016 campaign and was promoted to campaign manager for the 2020 campaign. Mr. Trump demoted Parscale and replaced him with Bill Stepien in July, although he remains a senior campaign advisor.
Parscale’s reassignment occurred weeks later, Oklahoma, which should have been the president’s famous return to the election campaign. The campaign – and Parscale – boasted 1 million tickets required for a 19,000-person arena, but only about 6,200 people showed up. The campaign also had to change the date after initially scheduling the rally for June 19, or Juneteenth, the day that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.
Pat Milton, Arden Farhi and Nicole Sganga contributed to this report.
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