Who is Brad Parscale's wife Candice Blount? How rocky marriage led to ‘cuts and bruises’ on her face and arms
There was a twist in the tale when Florida police released body-camera video footage where cops could be seen tackling Brad Parscale to the ground
Brad Parscale — who is currently serving as the senior adviser for data and digital operations for Donald Trump's 2020 presidential campaign — stirred a huge controversy after reports claimed he had been checked into a facility for mental health care. As per an NPR report, he was involuntarily hospitalized under Florida's Baker Act after his wife told police in Fort Lauderdale on Sunday, September 27, 2020 afternoon that Parscale had access to weapons and was threatening to harm himself.
However, there was a twist in the tale when Florida police released body-camera video footage where cops could be seen tackling him to the ground. The Daily Beast confirmed that after a three-hour standoff with police, Parscale was detained by several officers and had 10 firearms seized from his home, “including three long guns.” The fiasco first began when police arrived at the couple's waterfront estate on DeSota Drive after an urgent phone call from Parscale's wife Candice Blount Parscale. Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Lauren Dietrich told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel: “We went out and it was very short. We went and got him help.”
As per the same report, Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis received a text message saying that there was a SWAT team standoff at Parscale’s home. “It was indicated to me that he had weapons,” Trantalis said. “Politics aside, this fellow obviously suffers from emotional distress ... I’m glad he didn’t do any harm to himself or others I commend our SWAT team for being able to negotiate a peaceful ending to this.”
Cuts and bruises
The real story turned out to be much more complicated. As per a detailed account in The Sun-Sentinel, Candice told a 911 dispatcher that she heard a gunshot and was worried her husband would kill himself. However, she was confused about whether it was a gunshot or a car backfiring. Reportedly, she fled the house and asked a real estate agent nearby for help. The same report claims she had cuts and bruises on her arms and face.
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.
In his report, Detective Steven Smith wrote: “While speaking with Candace (sic) Parscale I noticed several large-sized contusions on both of her arms, her cheek, and forehead. When I asked how she received the bruising, Candace Parscale (sic) stated Brad Parscale hits her. When asked if he made these markings today, she claimed he did not. I continued to ask if Brad Parscale physically assaulted her in any way today and she said no, but he did forcibly smack her phone out of her hand when she was attempting to call Brad Parscale’s father.” Amid the spousal abuse allegations, here's a look at who is Parscale's wife.
Who is Candice Blount?
Parscale and Candice got hitched in the summer of 2012. She is his second wife after his divorce with his first wife was finalized in October 2007. 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.
In August 2019, Candice hit headlines when CNN named her as the owner of Red State Data and Digital, a company that received $910,000 from America First Action, a Super-PAC that supports President Donald Trump. At that time, Parscale told the newspaper in a string of text messages: “So, legally we both own it and she is on the paperwork yes.” He also said that “she is my wife and I allow her to file and be on my companies because I trust her. It depends on how you look at it. But no. It is all my company.” Then later he said, “I own the company solely,” and that his wife “listed it incorrectly” on the incorporation document.” He also said, “She just checked the box of what she was. I'm the owner.”
That's not all, he also slammed them in a series of tweets. You can see them here:
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. @cnnadam attacked my wife with zero visibility. You’re visible now, you scumbag.— Brad Parscale (@parscale) August 30, 2019
.@cnn are liars trying to write a dirty story about my wife. I own all my companies. My wife is member on some of them to do filings and bookkeeping.— Brad Parscale (@parscale) August 30, 2019
This is a disgusting trick to make a very simple thing look nefarious. Her last name is Parscale, what would that hide?
What does really she do?
A look at her Facebook profile reveals she studied chemical engineering at Texas A&M and is a graduate of Tom C Clark High School in 1997, as per a Heavy report. However, these details could not be confirmed through a credible source. The same report also lists her LinkedIn profile which says she is “CFO at Steve Stratton Physical Therapy.”
In March 2020, a Raw Story report said that Parscale’s flagship firm, called Parscale Strategy, took over the Republican Party’s fundraising machinery even as it “has billed nearly $35 million to the Trump campaign, the RNC and related entities since 2017.” In the report, Candice's name was mentioned. It quoted a Times report: “During a campaign appearance last summer in Orlando, Ms. Guilfoyle confronted Mr. Parscale: Why were her checks always late? Two people who witnessed the encounter said a contrite Mr. Parscale promised that the problem would be sorted out promptly by his wife, Candice Parscale, who handles the books on many of his ventures.” However, Parscale clarified she was a bookkeeper for his businesses.
Parscale often posts pictures of her on his Instagram account. He captioned one photo, “My best friend. My love. My wife. So beautiful. #MyTrueLuck,” and another, “My amazing wife. Love you baby!” The couple bought a home in a gated community in San Antonio for over $800,000 in 2016. Moreover, the Sun-Sentinel reported in July 2019 that the pair purchased three homes in the area, including a $2.4 million waterfront house with a dock.