The former campaign manager for President Donald Trump, Brad Parscale, said he believes the president should have been more publicly empathetic to those fearful of the outbreak of the novel coronavirus and not emphasize opening the economy.
Appearing in a recorded interview on Fox News’ “The Story” on Tuesday night, Parscale said the slight drop in suburban support in the election, according to exit polls, was due to “the decision on COVID to go for opening the economy versus public empathy.”
“And I think a young family with a young child who were scared to take them back to school wanted to see an empathetic president and an empathetic Republican Party,” Parscale said. “And I think that, and I said this multiple times – and he chose a different path, and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with this, I love him. But like we had a difference on this.
“I thought we should have public empathy. I think people were scared. I think if he would have been publicly empathetic, he would have won by a landslide. He could have leaned into it, instead of run away from it.”
Parscale was pushed out of the campaign by September, first being demoted in July and then completely removed in the early fall after an incident which resulted in his hospitalization after police were called to his Florida home by his wife who reportedly was fearful he would harm himself.
In the Fox interview, Parscale said he felt he was healthy and blamed the incident on five years of stress associated with the campaign.
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