Trump Regime

What Does Brad Know?

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Trump's former campaign manager Brad Parscale fell out of favor over the summer as Joe Biden built a massive lead in polling and the once flush with cash Trump campaign seemed to be going broke. But while the campaign was bleeding dry, Parscale was raking in and spending millions on boats, apartments, and luxury cars.

The Trumps don't mind a little grift, of course, because they're all grifters and rely on each other not to rock the boat or yacht, as it were. Parscale was only demoted after he promised a million people would show up to Trump's ill-fated rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma where his supporters did not even fill one arena. That rally ultimately led to the death of former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain.

Parscale was arrested in Florida last week after behaving erratically and allegedly threatening self-harm. He's also been accused of beating his wife.

Now that he's in custody, Vanity Fair reports that people in Trumpworld are worried about what he might say. Parscale is allegedly under investigation for misuse of campaign funds; something the campaign is publicly denying. But they're worried about something.

Inside Trumpworld there’s a view that the past week is an inflection point in the campaign. It started on Sunday night with the bombshell New York Times report that Trump paid just $750 in federal income taxes in 2016 and 2017. “For Trump the Times story was worse than losing reelection,” said the second Republican. “If you had told Donald back in 2015 that his tax returns would be exposed and he’d have all these investigations, I guarantee you he wouldn’t have run.” [...]

Parscale’s public meltdown happened while he is reportedly under investigation for stealing from the Trump campaign and the RNC. According to the source close to the campaign, the Trump family is worried that Parscale could turn on them and cooperate with law enforcement about possible campaign finance violations. “The family is worried Brad will start talking,” the source said.

In response the Trump campaign’s communications director, Tim Murtaugh, said: “It’s utterly false. There is no investigation, no audit, and there never was.”

'What does Brad know' was a valid question even before the New York Times published their initial reports on Trump's tax returns and financial records.

Trump's campaign raised over $1 billion heading into the 2020 election year but the vast majority of those funds were gone before we even reached the summer. Trump is being out-spent by Joe Biden in some markets by a margin of 3 to 1 or even 5 to 1 because the campaign is virtually broke. That recently prompted Trump to say he might self-finance his campaign even though -- thanks to the New York Times -- we know he's not actually capable of doing that.

Where did all the money go? The majority of it was probably spent in stupid but not criminal ways, but I think it would naïve to assume all of it was spent legally. That's a lot of money to wave around people with no loyalty and no scruples. We haven't seen any specific accusations yet, but we may not learn what's really been going on until after the election.

Maybe it's not about what Parscale did as much as what the Trump family did.

  • Christopher Foxx

    “If you had told Donald back in 2015 that his tax returns would be exposed and he’d have all these investigations, I guarantee you he wouldn’t have run.” […]

    I’m skeptical. Because it seems very unlike trump and his ego to believe anything would go wrong for him.

    • muselet

      Donald Trump has been hiding his tax returns for as long as I can remember, certainly since his second divorce. He’s dumb as a post, but he knows he’s in deep shit if even half of his tax evasion gets out.

      The statement from that “second Republican” is hardly dispositive, but it has the ring of truth to it.

      –alopecia

  • Draxiar

    Surely someone who created the “Death Star” of disinformation (side note: this was a ridiculous name to use because we all know what happens to *every* Death Star) would be savvy enough to harvest information on the person he was working for, yes? Given the strongarm tactics trump uses it seems reasonable that Parscale would have gotten some dish on trump as future leverage if things had gone sideways.

    I hope Parscale spills that crock of spicy beans.

  • jimtowndem

    anybody want to make a bet he dies while in custody.

    • muselet

      According to some semi-reliable sources on the internet, there is a new verb infiltrating the English language: to Epstein, meaning to die by “suicide” while in custody (quotation marks implicit in the original).

      Brad Parscale looks like a grifter who got in ‘way too deep and, to use the correct diagnostic term, freaked the fck out. He’s not a good candidate for being Epsteined for just that reason: it’d look awfully suspicious if it happened to someone with a psych hold in his history.

      Once he’s back home, well, accidents happen sometimes, for example when pedestrians cross streets without taking due care and consideration.

      –alopecia

      • jimtowndem

        thx for update on verb.

  • muselet

    How concerned about Brad Parscale is the Trump campaign?

    The campaign is purging Parscale from its website(s). Videos in which he appears have been taken down, as have, apparently, pages mentioning those videos.

    We can argue about the futility of removing material from the website because the internet never forgets, but it’s happening. Give the campaign a couple of weeks and Brad Parscale will become an unimportant, low-level gofer whom Donald Trump might have seen once or twice but doesn’t remember ever meeting. In another week, Parscale will be declared an Enemy of the State and Photoshopped out of photographs.

    Joseph Stalin would be proud.

    (As a side note, I hope Brad Parscale receives the help he clearly needs for his psychological issues. Once he is again hale and whole, he should face intensive investigations into his finances and what he knows about the Trumps’ finances.)

    –alopecia

    • Christopher Foxx

      I hope Brad Parscale receives the help he clearly needs for his psychological issues.

      I suppose in trying to be a decent (semi-decent?) person with empathy I would agree with you.

      But he gets it only after every other person denied help by trump gets what they need.

      • muselet

        I think he gets to jump the queue a bit, since there are statutes of limitations involved.

        –alopecia

        • Christopher Foxx

          No. Simply, no. Not for what he’s aided and abetted. They get the same level of compassion they’ve repeatedly shown for others. They stay in line until everyone they’ve harmed is taken care of, however long that takes.