Occam’s Razor would be grateful if you would just put it back in the drawer and not bother it for a while. Like the word “unprecedented” it’s worked to death these days. Sunday, the New York Times dropped its latest bombshell on Donald Trump, saying that he paid $750.00 in income tax, in 2016 and nothing for about ten years before that, when the average teenager working at a fast food joint after school pays more. Apparently, the article was too much for Team Trump’s former campaign manager Brad Parscale, because he went apeshit and barricaded himself in his home in Florida — with a bunch of guns. His wife called 911 and they sent the SWAT Team. Sun Sentinel:
[Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Karen] 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.
Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis said he 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.
Trantalis could not confirm it was the same Parscale associated with Trump but said he knows Trump’s former campaign manager does have a home in Fort Lauderdale.
“Politics aside, this fellow obviously suffers from emotional distress,” said Trantalis, a Democrat. ” … 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.”
This is a new one, you must admit. I’m sure that fact checkers are combing the files, as we speak, looking for the last time that a demoted presidential campaign manager went off his nut 37 days before an election and had to be taken in on a 5150 — much less after a blistering expose by the New York Times, exposing said candidate as a fraud.
At first blush, I would say one of two things: 1. the reality that Parscale cannot afford his lifestyle has come home to bite him sharply in the ass, as those kinds of realities are wont to do; 2. Maybe there is more data on Trump’s finances yet to be revealed — and maybe Parscale is negatively implicated. Again, the usual disclaimer: not trying to advocate conspiracy theory. Merely wondering what would have provoked Parscale to the level he got. I mean, we can only imagine the scene in that household after the NYT story dropped, and frankly, it taxes the imagination. Losing an election happens. Ask any strategist of either party. You don’t run in the bedroom and start loading the .357 magnum, FFS.