Weeks after President Donald Trump's humiliating rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma and amid increasingly negative poll numbers ahead of the 2020 election, Brad Parscale will no longer be Trump's 2020 campaign manager.
Trump assured that Parscale would remain a senior advisor and digital strategies director. He'll be replaced by Bill Stepien, a campaign official of former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's who resigned after the infamous Bridgegate scandal. Christie cut ties with Stepien in 2014, citing a lack of confidence in his judgment.
Naturally, the President announced the departure on Twitter.
I am pleased to announce that Bill Stepien has been promoted to the role of Trump Campaign Manager. Brad Parscale,… https://t.co/nzKtPmiX06— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1594861032.0
According to Trump campaign press secretary Hogan Gidley, however, Parscale wasn't demoted at all—just moved to a less important position.
"Let's be clear what happened here. The only thing that shifted was Donald Trump simply asked Bill to steer the ship and Brad to man the guns."
The announcement came a few months after Parscale boasted of Trump's campaign strategy for 2020—a plan which he labeled "The Death Star."
For nearly three years we have been building a juggernaut campaign (Death Star). It is firing on all cylinders. Da… https://t.co/qdMTx6k8K9— Brad Parscale (@Brad Parscale)1588858213.0
With the news of Parscale's departure, the Death Star jokes once again came rolling in, including one from Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker Star Wars in the franchise.
Hey Brad- Comparing your campaign to the evil empire is spot-on, but I have to tell you: the Death Star had a sligh… https://t.co/VupYgsbKyz— Mark Hamill (@Mark Hamill)1594864495.0
Sounds like that Death Star exploded right on time https://t.co/LbHKVJXZYT— Mike Drucker (@Mike Drucker)1594862026.0
Brad Parscale bragged that the Trump 2020 campaign was the Death Star. He must never have seen Star Wars, or else h… https://t.co/BOsJeFCQ9D— Palmer Report (@Palmer Report)1594862335.0
Live shot of Brad Parscale... @parscale "Death Star" https://t.co/GrGlwdr4Jd— Pauley Teeks (@Pauley Teeks)1594868850.0
The Death Star is experiencing some technical difficulties. https://t.co/Ux0LkPe26e— Chris D. Jackson (@Chris D. Jackson)1594860320.0
Much of the credit for the abysmal turnout at Trump's Tulsa rally last month went to teenagers on TikTok, who urged their followers to reserve tickets and not show up. The rally was considered a humiliation not only for Trump, but for Parscale as well.
People hadn't forgotten this either.
And just like the real Death Star, Brad Parscale’s Death Star was also destroyed by barely organized teenagers with a grudge.— Santiago Mayer (@Santiago Mayer)1594861852.0
Brad Parscale's Death Star just got blown up by TikTok.— Amee Vanderpool (@Amee Vanderpool)1594865873.0
So proud of our American teens! @parscale & his Death Star was destroyed by a bunch of teenagers!"— Elsa Cade (@Elsa Cade)1594898295.0
Parscale's company was paid millions of dollars by the Trump campaign.
Some noticed Parscale's influx of luxury items like Ferraris over the course of the campaign.
Those may be considered bad investments now.
@realDonaldTrump What's the return policy on a Ferrari, @parscale?— The Lincoln Project (@The Lincoln Project)1594861160.0
BREAKING: Trump is winning so much that he demoted his campaign manager, Brad Pascale! Anyone know if Brad can kee… https://t.co/vPNK1uidPC— Lindy Li (@Lindy Li)1594861510.0
Brad Parscale is demoted He will be selling two of his six Ferrari's and one of his seven condos due to the pay cut.— Roadrunner (@Roadrunner)1594864768.0
According to multiple reports, Parscale handed the reins over to Stepien in an emotional meeting at Trump's campaign headquarters.