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Following Brad Parscale’s dismissal as President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign manager late Wednesday, a rumor emerged on social media that he’d been fired for dating White House counselor Hope Hicks.
The rumor was rooted in part on her past behavior. Prior to resigning from her original position as White House communications director in March of 2018, she’d reportedly dated then-White House staffer Rob Porter and had an affair with the president’s 2016 campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski.
Adding to the rumor was a joke amplified by anti-Trump Democrat commentator and laughingstock Rick Wilson that Parscale and Hicks had been “spotted canoodling at Comet Pizza,” a pizzeria located in Washington, D.C.
Ooooof that would make TWO other Trump world people VERY angry.
Only in DC, kids. Only in DC. https://t.co/067XFoO48t
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) July 15, 2020
hope hicks is trending and being accused of sleeping with brad parscale because rick wilson retweeted a joke to his 1 million followers about the two going to comet ping pong pic.twitter.com/iSGy6wKZNK
— David Covucci (@DavidCovucci) July 16, 2020
This tweet/joke back to Rick might have been a bit too ‘inside baseball’ for New York in the late 90’s/00’s….(😂).
— YS (@NYinLA2121) July 15, 2020
Members of the left apparently perceived the joke as a fact — which is something that happens quite often, oddly enough — and thus the rumor and subsequent jokes and mockery blew up, particularly among the allegedly “elite” blue checkmarks of Twitter.
Look (*Language warning):
It seems that Hope Hicks has been passed around the Oval Office more than the CDC COVID guidelines.
— JeremyNewberger (@jeremynewberger) July 16, 2020
Damn @realDonaldTrump fired his campaign manager cause he was smashing Hope Hicks?
TRUMP SAID PASS ME THE BALL. Lol pic.twitter.com/SPCjVHXSFy
— Isaac Hayes III (@IsaacHayes3) July 16, 2020
On a scale of 1-10, how much do you desire to own Hope Hicks?
— Jeremy Goldman (@jeremarketer) July 16, 2020
We CANNOT let Hope Hicks start dating masks
— TrivWorks (@TrivWorks) July 16, 2020
Hope Hicks has dated Corey Lewandowski, abuser Rob Porter and now Brad Parscale. She has the same terrible taste in men that she does in employers — Ivanka, Trump, Fox News and now Trump again.
— Tony Schwartz (@tonyschwartz) July 16, 2020
DAMN Hope Hicks out here in these Washington DC streets! She for everybody! Trump got jelly & fired her after he found out her latest boo was his campaign manager & he couldn’t take it. Melania how do you feel–oh never mind…. that would require a heart-ratchet ass admin!
— Claudia Jordan (@claudiajordan) July 16, 2020
If we get Hope Hicks to date Trump will he fire himself?
— Richard Jeter (@MilesToGo13) July 16, 2020
“Daddy” didn’t want his daughter with real competition.
We now know how possessive @realDonaldTrump is with his fuck-buddies…
How many campaign managers did he fire now for dating Hope Hicks? 3?
— Amanda Siebe | ♿ #DisabilityRightsAreHumanRight ♿️ (@SiebeforORD1) July 16, 2020
You get the picture.
Some people on both the left and right pushed back on the rumor by accusing the joke-makers of “slut-shaming” Hicks and of being sexist.
However, the leftists who chose to pursue this criticism based it on the invalid belief that Hicks deserves to be shamed for other things such as her alleged racism, homophobia, xenophobia, antisemitism, etc. …
There’s literally no evidence to show that Hope is any of those things, but considering that it certainly required no evidence to convince these “elites” that Parscale was ousted for dating Hicks, what difference does it make?
Here’s what we not gonna do: We’re not slut-shaming a lying, racist, homophobic, transphobic, xenophobic anti-Semite. We got enough evidence to indict Hicks without anachronistic name calling. I don’t care who she fucks as long as it’s not America, justice, democracy or equality. pic.twitter.com/dTlPe5clVC
— Natasha Rothwell (@natasharothwell) July 16, 2020
Friends, that Parscale-Hicks rumor is most likely totally false.
I don’t like Hope Hicks, she has made terrible choices and works with terrible men, but stop with the “slut-shaming.” It reeks of misogyny.
— Jennifer Hayden (@Scout_Finch) July 16, 2020
Y’all should stop that sexist bullshit shaming of Hope Hicks for who she dates…just pivot back to her enabling our idiot president.
— Rick Sforza (@RickSforza) July 16, 2020
As for Parscale’s ouster, the actual evidence — you know, the facts — suggests it was based on his reportedly poor performance going into the 2020 race.
“Speculation has swirled for weeks about Parscale’s future, as Trump has fallen behind Democratic presidential challenger Joe Biden by double digits in multiple polls, and as the campaign struggled to fill seats for the president’s rally last month in Tulsa, Okla.,” Fox News reported.
“A source familiar with the situation said that Parscale indeed had been losing influence as of late with other campaign officials exerting more power, including [his replacement], who joined the campaign in May as deputy campaign manager after serving as a political director at the White House.”
In tweets posted late Wednesday, the president announced that Bill Stepien would be Parscale’s replacement:
I am pleased to announce that Bill Stepien has been promoted to the role of Trump Campaign Manager. Brad Parscale, who has been with me for a very long time and has led our tremendous digital and data strategies, will remain in that role, while being a Senior Advisor to the…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 16, 2020
…campaign. Both were heavily involved in our historic 2016 win, and I look forward to having a big and very important second win together. This one should be a lot easier as our poll numbers are rising fast, the economy is getting better, vaccines and therapeutics will soon…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 16, 2020
Despite being ousted from the top spot, Parscale will reportedly still remain on the president’s 2020 campaign as “a senior adviser focusing entirely on the campaign’s digital operation and data collection,” according to Fox.