Donald Trump’s campaign manager Brad Parscale, along with Trump’s son, will be attending a Tuesday “Make America Great” panel in San Antonio ahead of the president’s rally in Dallas next week.
Parscale, a San Antonio native, is an odd bird. His role in the Trump campaign has drawn plenty of headlines, both examining his influence on the campaign and also scrutinizing the many of the false claims he’s made as campaign manager.
“He changes dates. He rearranges facts. He omits conspicuous events,” said Peter Elkind, a ProPublica journalist who wrote a lengthy profile on Parscale last month. “He basically rewrites his own life story to become a more romantic tale, to fit into the image that he’s trying to convey,” said Elkind, referring to the fact that Parscale misrepresented his compensation from the Trump campaign and Republican National Committee.
Fast and loose
As Trump’s campaign manager, Parscale has learned closely from his boss, calling anything from poor polling numbers to Robert Mueller’s investigation fake news.
But that’s not the only thing he’s learned from his mentor. Parscale has been the mind behind some of the most misleading or down-right racist digital ads. In one case, he showed the president an ad depicting migrants entering the country alongside footage of an alleged cop killer who was deported from the U.S. and boasted about killing police officers. Trump reportedly loved the ad. It was later rejected by CNN and Facebook for being racist.
Parscale’s devotion to shaping reality around the president went as far as firing a campaign pollster who delivered bad numbers to Trump. “All news about the president’s polling is completely false,” Parscale said at the time. “The president’s new polling is extraordinary and his numbers have never been better.”
Which says a lot, then, for the flurry of polls over the past few months that have the president trailing or tying Democratic presidential candidates in Texas.
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