Brad Parscale’s wife did not file charges, but she feared he would shoot himself.
Former Trump Campaign Chief ‘Hit’ Wife, Police Report Says
When police arrived at his Fort Lauderdale home, Brad Parscale was shirtless, holding a beer, and wandering aimlessly. In seconds, he was tackled to the pavement. Parscale was President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign manager, and ran the 2020 campaign until he was relieved more than a month ago.
Police observed “several bruises” on both of his wife Candice’s arms, “as well as scratches and bruising on her face.” She told officers that she saw him “rack” a round of ammunition into his gun, according to a police incident report obtained by Zenger News.
Brad Parscale had been drinking and was suicidal, his wife told police. the police report notes he was sitting down, shirtless and crying, next to his dog.
Candice Parscale told officers that after she fled her home, she heard what sounded like a single gunshot. Police recorded and removed 10 firearms from the Parscales’ home, including a rifle, shotguns and several pistols. The incident report did not note that any of the weapons appeared to have been fired recently.
Police photographed Candice Parscale to “document previous domestic violence history,” the report said.
“She had several bruises on both of her arms as well as scratches and bruising on her face,” the report said. “When I asked how she received the bruising, Candace [sic] Parscale stated Brad Parscale hits her.”
Police took photographs of her bruises but did not release those images to reporters.
The last time Parscale was in the news, the president’s re-election campaign was demoting him in July, weeks after a sparsely attended June 20 rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Tim Murtaugh, the Trump campaign’s communications director, said in a statement Sunday 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 possible.”
Asked directly about Candice allegations against her husband, Murtaugh told Zenger News in an email: “Our thoughts are with Brad and his family as we wait for all the facts to emerge.”
Parscale remained hospitalized Monday for psychiatric evaluation under the Baker Act, a Florida law that allows for temporary institutionalization of someone who is deemed to be a risk to themselves or others. A person is typically admitted for evaluation for up to 72 hours.
“The Baker Act is suggested by the police and by whomever has called the police,” said Arlene Van Oss, who works in community relations at the Family Center for Recovery in Lantana, Florida. “But it’s not officially determined until a psychiatrist examines the patient at the hospital.”
(Edited by David Martosko and Allison Elyse Gualtieri)