President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager tweeted a cryptic Bible verse hours after Trump announced his replacement.
“Bless those who persecute you; bless them and curse them not,” Brad Parscale wrote on his Twitter account Thursday, quoting Romans 12:14 from the Bible. The chapter details several commandments painting a picture of the Christian way of life.
Newsweek contacted Parscale for comment but did not hear back in time for publication.
Trump announced in a tweet Wednesday night that former deputy campaign manager Bill Stepien would replace Parscale.
Parscale is expected to remain with Trump’s campaign, overseeing digital and online strategies, Trump wrote.
“Both were heavily involved in our historic 2016 win, and I look forward to a second big and very important win together,” Trump wrote, adding that a win in November “should be a lot easier because our polls are growing rapidly.”
A new national poll conducted by CNBC/Change Research showed presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden holds a 10-point advantage over Trump. According to the survey, 51% of 1,258 likely voters across the United States said they would vote for Biden, while 41% supported Trump.
Despite the president’s plummeting poll numbers, Parscale’s apparent demotion “shocked” some members of the Trump campaign, Fox News reported.
Hogan Gidley, deputy White House press secretary, said Parscale had not in fact been “demoted”, arguing that the ex-campaign manager will instead focus on Trump’s digital strategy.
“Let’s be clear on what happened here,” Gidley said during a Thursday appearance on Fox News. “The only thing that changed was that Donald Trump just asked Bill to steer the ship and Brad to pilot the guns.”
Both men are “working for victory for the American people,” Gidley said.
Reports initially surfaced that Trump made the decision to change leadership positions after reports that his June 20 rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma appeared to significantly overestimate attendance.
But Gidley said he wasn’t sure if Trump’s decision on Parscale could be linked to the rally.
In an email statement shared with NewsweekStepien provided an update on the Trump campaign.
“President Trump and Brad Parscale have built a campaign of unprecedented strength based on data and technology and Brad will remain heavily involved,” Stepien wrote. “With 109 days remaining, our goal is clear: to win every day we have left until Election Day. If we win more days than Joe Biden wins, President Trump will be re-elected.”
Stepien went on to call Biden “an unfortunate tool of the far left.”
A Biden campaign spokesperson reacted to news of Trump’s leadership change.
“Nearly 140,000 Americans have lost their lives and millions more have lost their jobs because of Donald Trump’s failed leadership,” Andrew Bates said in a statement to Fox News. “The Trump campaign’s game of musical chairs won’t solve this. We need a new president for this.”
Newsweek contacted the Biden campaign for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.