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Brad Parscale Out As Trump Campaign Manager, Campaign Names Replacement
DES MOINES, IA - JANUARY 30: Brad Parscale, campaign manager for President Donald Trump's re-election campaign, speaks on the phone ahead a campaign rally inside of the Knapp Center arena at Drake University on January 30, 2020 in Des Moines, Iowa. President Donald Trump will later host a campaign rally at Drake University ahead of the Iowa Caucuses.
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The Trump campaign has removed Brad Parscale from his role as campaign manager and reassigned him to a role as senior adviser for digital and data.

“I am pleased to announce that Bill Stepien has been promoted to the role of Trump Campaign Manager,” President Donald Trump said in a statement. “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,” Trump continued. “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!”

Stepien, who was the campaign’s deputy manager, is a veteran political operative and was tapped to the role as Trump’s advantages heading into the election have evaporated in wake of the coronavirus pandemic, which originated in communist China. The Associated Press reported that Stepien previously worked for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and was Trump’s national field director in 2016.

Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner told The New York Times in a statement: “Brad and Bill were both unsung heroes of the 2016 campaign and have done a great job building the infrastructure for the president’s campaign for the 2020 race. Together they both bring unique strengths.”

Fox News reported:

A new Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday — which was conducted July 9-13 – shows Biden with 52 percent support among registered voters, with Trump at 37 percent support.

Biden’s lead is almost double the 8-point advantage he held in Quinnipiac’s previous survey, which was conducted in mid-June. And it tops 14-point leads Biden held over the president in CNN and New York Times/Siena College polls conducted last month. …

The poll indicates Biden topping the president by a 59-35 percent on handling the pandemic, 57-38 percent on dealing with a crisis, and by a more than two-to one margin on addressing racial inequality. …

The president’s overall approval rating stands at 36 percent, a drop of 6 points from Quinnipiac’s June poll. Trump’s approval on the economy was also underwater at 44-53 percent, and only 35 percent gave the president a thumbs up on the job he’s doing steering the federal response to the pandemic.

Former Trump political adviser Sam Nunberg recently told Politico: “Under the current trajectory, President Trump is on the precipice of one of the worst electoral defeats in modern presidential elections and the worst historically for an incumbent president.”

Nunberg added that if Trump’s numbers dipped down to the 35 percent range that Trump was “going to be facing realistically a 400-plus electoral vote loss and the president would need to strongly reconsider whether he wants to continue to run as the Republican presidential nominee.”

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