- Trump lashed out at his campaign manager for attending a rally in Tulsa last year, according to a new book.
- “How can you be so stupid?” Answer me ! Trump told Brad Parscale.
- The episode was detailed in an excerpt from journalist Michael Wolff’s upcoming book.
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President Donald Trump berated his campaign manager, Brad Parscale, for lower-than-expected turnout at an indoor rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma last summer, according to an upcoming book by journalist Michael Wolff on the latest Trump’s days in the White House.
“Has Brad ever done something right?” Trump confided in his assistants while Parscale was in the room, an excerpt from the book published in The Times of London said on Tuesday. “He screwed it up.”
The June 2020 rally was promoted as Trump’s campaign comeback after COVID-19 lockdowns disrupted most in-person rallies. Ahead of the event, the Trump campaign, including Parscale, boasted that nearly a million people had applied for tickets.
The crowd turned out to be much smaller. After the rally, the Trump campaign claimed 12,000 people attended. The Tulsa Fire Department said only about 6,200 supporters showed up.
The empty seats would have infuriated Trump.
“How can you be so stupid?” Answer me ! Trump told Parscale, according to the book.
Parscale failed to put up a defense until Trump attacked him again, according to the book.
“Stupid, stupid, stupidâ¦ just tell me how stupid you can be?” Trump continued. “I want to know. Really. Tell me.”
The Trump campaign appeared to blame exaggerated public expectations on TikTok users and K-pop fans who had registered in large numbers for the event with no intention of attending. Parscale said in a statement at the time that “requests for counterfeit banknotes are never factored into our thinking.”
Parscale claimed the low turnout was due to “a week of fake media warning people to rally because of COVID and protesters.”
Trump and his senior adviser Jared Kushner then demoted Parscale and handed the campaign operation over to his deputy, Bill Stepien.
Wolff’s book, “Landslide: The Final Days of the Trump Chairman,” is scheduled for release on July 27.