Did Brad Parscale and wife Candice Blount lose two children during elections? Here's what really happened
‘My family's in a great place. We went through a very stressful time for five years...’ he said in the FOX interview
Is Brad Parscale on the road to redemption? Donald Trump's former campaign manager for the 2020 presidential campaign, who also served as the senior adviser for data and digital operations this year and the digital media director for his 2016 presidential campaign, made an appearance on FOX news and seems like he may have softened some hearts.
“My family's in a great place. We went through a very stressful time for five years...” he said in the interview. “We lost two children during the election. We buried them. We were completely attacked by the left, the right. I feel like I'm healthy. Getting better every day.” Senior White House reporter for Bloomberg News tweeted his quote on Twitter and it generated much curiosity about his children.
Lost two children? What is he referring to?— Julia (@jshbooks) December 2, 2020
It soon led to much concern on social media. “The media wanted everyone to know about Brad’s argument with his wife but not the fact that he lost two children. The whole story wasn’t important, just the elements that made a Republican look bad. @parscale has earned my respect,” one Twitter user said and another posted, “Or she had a miscarriage. It's not clear from that quote. ‘Lost two children prematurely’ is some pretty hefty verbal gymnastics.”
“Wow @parscale I was on the edge of my seat listening to you. You have my respect. My heart breaks for your family's losses. May God give you more children. I wish they kept you in charge,” one tweet read and another said, “Lost 2 children? That would change my religion. To me, he now has immunity for past deeds. No human should suffer that magnitude of a loss in life, let alone in such a short period. Debt paid!”
The media wanted everyone to know about Brad’s argument with his wife but not the fact that he lost two children. The whole story wasn’t important, just the elements that made a Republican look bad. @parscale has earned my respect.— Ken Webster (@KenWebsterII) December 2, 2020
Or she had a miscarriage. It's not clear from that quote. "Lost two children prematurely" is some pretty hefty verbal gymnastics.— Sage Blackwood (@urwalder) December 2, 2020
Wow @parscale I was on the edge of my seat listening to you. You have my respect.— MichelleME (@112Michelle112) December 2, 2020
My heart breaks for your family's losses. May God give you more children.
I wish they kept you in charge
Part 2 tomorrow on @marthamaccallum
Lost 2 children?— Georgia Blue (@DemocratBlue1) December 2, 2020
That would change my religion.
To me, he now has immunity for past deeds. No human should suffer that magnitude of a loss in life, let alone in such a short period.
Who is Brad Parscale's wife Candice Blount?
Parscale is now married to Candice Blount. Parscale and Candice got hitched in the summer of 2012. She is his second wife after his divorce from his first wife was finalized in October 2007. On Sunday, September 27, 2020, Candice was reported to have been seen with “cuts and bruises” before Brad was involuntarily hospitalized under Florida's Baker Act after she told police in Fort Lauderdale that Parscale had access to weapons and was threatening to harm himself.
While waiting for the cops, the real estate agent asked her, “Oh no, did he do that? Oh my gosh, your arms, both your arms, has he been hurting you?” Once cops arrived, she said Parscale had been “stressed out” over the past two weeks and “suffers from PTSD.” Not once to mince words, she disclosed that he often drinks and has a collection of guns inside the home. Later, in a statement provided to Politico, she denied that Parscale physically abused her, despite a police report in which said she told authorities the contrary. Here's what really happened.
Did Brad Parscale lose two children?
After the entire meltdown fiasco, Parscale said in a statement: “I am stepping away from my company and any role in the campaign for the immediate future to focus on my family and get help dealing with the overwhelming stress.”
The Politico report elaborated on how a Florida judge granted Fort Lauderdale police the authority to seize all guns and ammunition from Parscale and police said “further investigation has revealed that Parscale’s drinking and violent behavior increased shortly after he was demoted at his employment.” The same report goes on to mention that the couple reportedly told people they are suffering from ongoing distress over the loss of their twin children in 2016, both of whom died prematurely.
At the same time, Parscale was being slammed over his demotion. The couple said in a joint statement: “We extend our thanks for everyone’s thoughts and support during this difficult time for our family and we eagerly await all of the facts emerging.”
Does Brad Parscale have any children?
As per a Pro Publica feature, “He became a father in July 1999, at age 23, just weeks after graduating from college. The mother was a 22-year-old woman he’d met while she was working at a San Antonio tanning salon he patronized; she had a son from a previous relationship.”
The report then refers to Parscale's Miami speech where he said he “just had my first child, married” with “an adopted son.” He added, “In a year of that, I lost my wife. Not died — separated… We got divorced, ended back in Texas.” However, court records paint a different story. As per the same report, the couple didn't get married until three years after their daughter was born. While the pair exchanged vows in March 2003, he soon filed for divorce in August 2004. The split was finalized three years later but he never adopted his first wife’s son.