Brad Parscale says Trump would have ‘won by a landslide’ if he showed empathy during COVID

Brad Parscale says Trump would have ‘won by a landslide’ if he showed empathy during COVID

President Trump’s former campaign manager, Brad Parscale, appeared on The Story With Martha MacCallum Tuesday night for his first post-election interview, where he offered up his theory for why Trump lost the election. Parscale, who was fired from the campaign in July and later arrested in September in a video that quickly went viral, said that Trump’s attitude toward COVID 19 is to blame for his loss.

“One, two percent possibly we lost of suburban families, right? The men and women in the suburbs. Philly suburbs. Atlanta suburbs. I think that goes to one thing, and I think it was the decision on COVID to go for opening the economy versus public empathy,” Parscale said. “And I think a young family with a young child who were scared to take them back to school wanted to see an empathetic president and an empathetic Republican Party. And I think that—and I said this multiple times, and he chose a different path.”

President-Elect Joe Biden scored a massive victory over Trump in the election, garnering over 80 million votes, the most in U.S. history, and more than 6 million more votes than Trump. But Parscale believes that had Trump handled the pandemic differently, he would have easily won re-election.

“We had a difference on this. I thought we should have public empathy. I think people were scared,” Parscale said, adding, “And I think if he would have been publicly empathetic, he would have won by a landslide. I think he could have leaned into it instead of run away from it.”

The Story With Martha MacCallum airs weeknights at 7 p.m. on Fox News Channel.

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