Former Trump campaign manager says lack of ‘public empathy’ cost the president re-election

The former manager of President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign revealed in a shocking interview Tuesday that in his eyes, Trump could have won the election if he’d shown a little more empathy.

According to Breitbart, Brad Parscale, who was removed from his role as Trump’s campaign chief in July, sat down Tuesday with Fox News host Martha MacCallum to give his side of the story.

There, Parscale suggested that Trump put too much stake in the economy, and not enough on how Americans were feeling amid the chaos of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“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,” he told MacCallum, according to Breitbart. “I think that, and I said this multiple times, he chose a different path.”

“People are scared”

According to Breitbart, Parscale said Sunday that he doesn’t necessarily think Trump was wrong. “I love him, but we had a difference on this,” the president’s ex-campaign manager said.

“I thought we should have public empathy,” he told MacCallum. “I think people are scared. I walked around people and watched them walk around me, not like two years ago because I’m Brad Parscale, but walk around me because I have a mask on, and they don’t want COVID. I can see waitresses standing a little farther from the table. People are scared.”

Parscale concluded that if Trump “would have been publicly empathetic, he would have won by a landslide. He could have leaned into it instead of run away from it,” Parscale said, according to Breitbart. Take a look:

“One choice away”

According to Fox, Parscale also explained Tuesday that he felt Trump’s campaign went off on the wrong track after he stepped down from his top role.

“We had a plan and I always had a lot of confidence in our plan,” he said. “And I think the president and Jared [Kushner, the president’s son in law,] had a lot of confidence in the plan. And it was unfortunate that we diverged from the plan as we came down the stretch.”

But pressed by MacCallum, Parscale said the campaign’s biggest error — at least in terms of policy — was “empathy over covid.”

“I think he got one choice away from being perfect,” Parscale said, according to Fox. “And that was, do I want to open the country and be the economic — or do I want to be publicly empathetic?”

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