President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he has replaced campaign manager, Brad Parscale, with deputy campaign manager and Republican operative Bill Stepien. Parscale will remain on the campaign, serving as senior adviser for digital and data strategies.
“I am pleased to announce that Bill Stepien has been promoted to the role of Trump Campaign Manager,” President Trump wrote in a Facebook post. “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!” the president concluded.
In a statement to the New York Times, White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner praised both campaign officials, saying: “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.”
The development comes after Michael Glassner, the Trump campaign’s Chief Operating Officer and lead rally organizer, was reassigned to oversee lawsuits against media organizations. Glassner was replaced by Jeffrey DeWit, President Trump’s 2016 Arizona campaign chair. The shakeup is believed to have been prompted by the president’s Tulsa, Oklahoma, rally which drew an unexpectedly low crowd.
Parscale’s replacement coincides with President Trump’s sagging White House poll numbers that show he is trailing former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democrat nominee, by as much as double digits.
As Breitbart News reported earlier Wednesday: “A [Quinnipiac Poll] showed the former vice president leading Trump 52 percent to 37 percent — up from the eight-point lead he saw in the June 18 poll. While the survey attributed Biden’s widening lead to independent voters, who back the Democrat Party’s presumptive nominee by 17 points (51 percent to 34 percent), a closer look at the survey’s sample reveals that Republicans were undersampled. Quinnipiac surveyed 1,273 self-identified registered voters across the country. Republicans only made up 24 percent of the respondents, while Democrats and independents comprised 34 percent each.”
Additionally, a newly-released CNBC/Change Research poll found President Trump is down against Biden in several key swing states.
Biden holds an edge over Trump in Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, while the rivals are virtually tied in North Carolina, the survey released Wednesday found. Biden leads Trump by 49% to 43% among all respondents in the six states, while Libertarian and Green Party candidates Jo Jorgensen and Howie Hawkins get 4% and 1% of support, respectively. Nationally, Biden leads Trump 51% to 41%.