Trump team’s Brad Parscale hits back after attack on his wife: ‘You’re visible now, you scumbag’

The manager for Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign is lashing out at CNN over unflattering reports about his wife.

“[CNN] are liars trying to write a dirty story about my wife,” Brad Parscale tweeted on Friday. The report from CNN that Parscale is referencing is one that questioned payments made from the pro-Trump super PAC America First Action to a group his wife founded.

(Screengrab from “Face the Nation”)

“I own all my companies. My wife is member on some of them to do filings and bookkeeping,” tweeted Parscale. He went on to say CNN was trying to create a story out of nothing because the payments were not kept hidden, but were just business-as-usual.

“This is a disgusting trick to make a very simple thing look nefarious. Her last name is Parscale, what would that hide?” Parscale said.

In a followup tweet, Parscale specifically targeted Adam Levine, the vice president of news-gathering for CNN’s Washington bureau.

“I’m going to start calling out editors that attack us viciously and hide behind writers that can’t control their own headlines. Journalists get blamed but the editors are the true evil,” he tweeted. “[Adam Levine] attacked my wife with zero visibility. You’re visible now, you scumbag.”

In another tweet where Parscale announced he was taking a break from the news for the weekend and giving his best wishes to Florida residents dealing with Hurricane Dorian, he fit in another quick bite at CNN.

“Everyone in Florida stay safe! I’m turning off the news and everything else and will enjoy a great weekend respecting hard working Americans. Labor Day! Also @cnn sucks,” he tweeted.

CNN’s report says $910,000 was paid to Red State Data and Digital, which was founded by Candice Parscale.

“This is a perfectly legal and appropriate arrangement, which is firewalled, with zero chance for coordination,” Brad Parscale said to CNN about concerns over coordination between a political campaign and a super PAC, which current law prohibits.

Parscale told ABC News that the payments were not hidden and comply completely with federal election laws. He also said attempts to smear Red State Data and Digital are just more evidence of the media trying to smear the president by going after people who work for him.

“Complaints about Red State are simply another attempt to smear President Trump by attacking those who work for him,” he said.

Previous media stories went after Parscale by trying to claim that he was profiting greatly off of Trump’s presidential campaign. The campaign itself put out an official statement saying Parscale’s success in business predates his work to get Trump reelected.

“Brad makes no secret of his past business success,” campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh told ABC News. “Since 2016 he has sold three start-up companies: Parscale Media, Giles-Parscale, and a medical device company. He sold all these to focus full time on the President’s re-election.”

“Red State is a valued vendor that provides us with digital consulting services at a competitive rate,” America First Action spokesperson Kelly Sadler said about the payments to Red State Data and Digital. “America First strictly complies with FEC rules and regulations and any suggestion otherwise is patently false.”


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