Police in Fort Lauderdale responded to a call Sunday afternoon at the home of former San Antonian Brad Parscale who was said to be armed and threatening suicide, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.
The digital media director for Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, Parscale was the president’s reelection campaign manager until being replaced in July, just four months ahead of the election.
When police arrived at the home in the Seven Isles neighborhood, various reports state Parscale’s wife, who had placed the emergency call, told them her husband was armed and had access to multiple firearms inside the house. Parscale was threatening to harm himself.
Officers were able to talk Parscale into leaving the home and transported him to the Broward Health Medical Center where he was being held for a psychiatric evaluation and treatment.
Reports of the incident also published a statement from President Trump’s Campaign Communications Director Tim Murtaugh which states, “Brad 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.”
Parscale was working in partnership with local creative agency owner Jill Giles in 2011 when Trump hired Parscale and the firm to create a website. In 2015, Parscale joined the Trump organization to develop and design websites and create and manage digital media strategies for the 2016 campaign.
Two years later, Parscale founded a new company, Parscale Strategy, and relocated the business to Florida.
As summer polls began to show the president trailing behind Joe Biden in the race, Trump announced in a July 15 tweet that Parscale was being replaced as campaign manager by Bill Stepien. Parscale would continue as an advisor to the campaign.
Like the president, Parscale is known to frequently use Twitter to communicate his views on the campaign, retweet Fox News broadcasts, and express his support for Trump.
Parscale’s most recent tweet, on Friday, said he was “extremely happy to see @GovRonDeSantis and @realDonaldTrump are opening Florida! It is time to move on with our lives and provide for our families.”