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Former Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale was hospitalized in Florida Sunday evening after allegedly threatening to commit suicide, according to local reports.

Parscale, 44, was demoted by the Trump campaign several months ago following the troubled Tulsa rally and Trump’s stagnant poll numbers.

Local 10 News report:

Former campaign manager for Donald Trump, Brad Parscale, who was replaced by the President less than four month until November’s vote was reportedly armed with a gun and threatening to harm himself at his Fort Lauderdale home on Sunday afternoon.

Fort Lauderdale Police said that the armed subject was transported to Broward Health Medical Center where he was placed under a Baker Act.

…A statement from President Trump’s Campaign Communications Director, Tim Murtaugh, states: “Brad Parscale is a member of our family and we all love him. We are ready to support him and his family in any way possible.”

The Florida Sun-Sentinel:

Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Karen Dietrich said the encounter at Brad Parscale’s home was brief.

“We went out and it was very short. We went and got him help.”

Dietrich said he didn’t threaten police and he went willingly under Florida’s Baker Act, which allows police to detain a person who is potentially a threat to himself or others. He was taken to a hospital, she said.

His wife contacted police, worried that he was suicidal and had firearms.

More from Tim Murtaugh: “Brad Parscale is a member of our family and we all love him,” Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh says, and blames “disgusting, personal attacks from Democrats and disgruntled RINOs” that “have gone too far.”

Excerpt from an explainer on Florida’s Baker Act by the Florida center for Recovery:

What is the Baker Act?

The Baker Act is an existing law that provides for temporary institutionalization of individuals who meet certain criteria. It can only be used by specific authorized persons, including judges, mental health professionals, law enforcement personnel, and doctors. More importantly, the law is limited by the fact that those officials must have sound evidence suggesting that the individual might meet the Act’s definition for mental illness. In addition, he must pose a risk of harm to himself or others – or demonstrate self-neglect.

It should be noted that the statutory criteria require more than mere suspicion of mental illness or potential risk. The statute specifically calls for “substantial” evidence, which is much higher bar than simple suspicion. As a result, people cannot be involuntarily institutionalized simply because they’re acting strangely, refuse to seek psychiatric examinations, or have occasional mood swings or outbursts.

There must be ample evidence of possible mental illness, coupled with a strong potential for harm to self or others. Typically, that requires some sort of recent behavior that suggests a serious risk.

How Does the Baker Act Work?

When an individual is believed to meet the statutory criteria for involuntary institutionalization, he or she is taken into custody and delivered to a mental health facility for examination. The law applies equally to all persons in Florida, regardless of age. There are, however, some differences in the amount of time that adults and minors can be held. The facility can hold an adult for no more than 72 hours, during which an involuntary mental health examination will be performed. Minors can only be held for 12 hours before the examination is initiated.

If the patient is held for longer than 12 hours, the law requires that he or she be examined by a health care professional within the first 24 hours of institutionalization. That examination must include an assessment of the patient’s medical stability, and must determine whether there are other factors at play other than psychiatric problems.

Facilities are required to provide notice to patient guardians, attorneys or other representatives no later than 24 hours after admission, and must document all contact attempts. For minors, notification must be provided as soon as the child arrives at the facility – though that parent or guardian notification can be delayed by a full day if the facility suspects abuse and has contacted the appropriate central abuse hotline.


Senior Trump advisor Dan Scavino offers support: “Prayers with Brad and his family.”

  • Nathan M. says:

    This is a very high-stakes election, perhaps the most important election our country will ever face. The literal freedom of America is on the line here. That’s enough pressure to make anyone snap.

    • Dean Perry says:

      Thankfully Biden is in the lead! Trump has turned America into a shit hole country in 4 years.
      Maybe it is time we address mental health issues in this country????

      • shroud turin says:

        keep smokin’ that 2016 self deception Democrat Party crack brooooooooooo!

      • Rhys says:

        This must be a very important issue for you considering how desperate you are for treatment. I’m sure you’re not eligible for VA benefits.

      • LST says:

        Asshole Dean, you are free to leave this “shit-hole” country. Don’t like it get the fuck out. We don’t need dickheadss like you here.

      • ShadowWarriorsMonkey says:

        Thankfully Trump is in the lead! And, has shown the world what you and your ilk are really all about.
        BLM, ANTIFA, Pedophiles, Media and the Senate and House Dems have stepped on their proverbial dicks and underestimated the good citizens of this country. You know what the left is doing and that it’s wrong. Yet, you spew the DNC’s talking points for your paycheck. You sick fucks have no shame. We the people, shall vote Trump back into office for 4 more years. So, sit back and watch, just how real Americans handle things… it’s coming!

      • Nathan M. says:

        You mean like Hillary was in the lead? Like all lefties, you reject reality and substitute your own.
        You do make a good point about mental health issues, though. Shall we start with yours?

      • Michael says:

        Yeah, Biden’s leading just like Hillary was. Get ready for anther disappointment, dumb-ass! A shit hole? The country was never in better shape before this pandemic, which by the way your precious Democrats including Biden helped China create in a desperate attempt to cripple the economy and blame Trump, since all their other pathetic attempts to remove him from office failed! And mark my words, jerk-off, this will fail too! You wanna talk shit holes? Take a look at al the worst places to live: The ones with the highest crime rates, the highest homeless populations, the most financially stressed and you’ll notice one thing they all have in common; they’re all under Democrat control. You really are one of the dumbest mother fuckers walking the Earth. The very existance of idiots like you damage the quality of the entire planet, you fucking loser!

  • Patriot Brent says:

    Someone got to him. Praying the Blood of the Lamb.

  • 1st A says:

    The End for Brad.

  • YouKnowItsTrue says:

    Praying for a quick recovery and protection for Brad and his family.

  • Tom D. says:

    I’m disappointed in the language used. I would hope Trump supporters would not lower themselves to the level of a democrat. However, please keep in mind, it is Almighty God who deposes and sets up leaders. This country was given to us by Him. Pray to God for help and guidance and He will lead us to do His will.

  • Not to be too cynical, but how long until the DNC tries to say Trump “pushed Parscale to this by neglecting his health when it was a dire situation” before they claim “we will protect the ACA so that this never happens” or some other BS.

    • 1st A says:

      When it all comes out, it was his wife working up a divorce.
      The Secret Service tips off Trump that Bad and his wife are fighting.
      Trump lays off Brad.
      Wifey uses that to start more fights.
      Brad knows his career is finished when the arguing gets to blows.
      Wifey calls police after Brad marches into her trap.
      The End for Brad.

  • CF