Brad Parscale once memorably compared the Donald Trump re-election campaign to the planet-smashing Death Star from the Star Wars films. “In a few days we start pressing FIRE for the first time,” he tweeted on 7 May.
Now, Parscale resembles one of those hapless imperial officers, usually played by a British actor, lifted off his feet and choked by Darth Vader’s distant but deadly grip as retribution for letting rebels escape.
The campaign manager’s demotion this week was all but assured from the moment that Trump’s first rally since the coronavirus outbreak turned from Force into farce. To start, it was scheduled for Tulsa, Oklahoma, on 19 June, which is Juneteenth, a holiday celebrating the emancipation of enslaved people, so had to be postponed a day.
Then Parscale boasted that the campaign had received more than a million ticket requests. Imagine the dread welling in