Twitter users speculated this week that President Donald Trump demoted former campaign manager Brad Parscale because he was caught "canoodling" with campaign staffer Hope Hicks.
In an announcement on Wednesday, the Trump campaign said that Bill Stepien will replace Parscale as campaign manager. Parscale was expected to continue working with the campaign's data operation.
The campaign did not immediately explain why Parscale had been demoted but commenters on Twitter linked the news to rumors that Parscale had been romantically involved with Hicks. During Trump's 2016 campaign, then-campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was also demoted after he was said to have dated Hicks.
Some Twitter users accused Trump of being "jealous" of Parscale's alleged relationship with Hicks.
Read some of the tweets below.
Wait @parscale did you get fired for dating Hope Hicks AFTER Corey got fired for dating Hope Hicks? 😯😦😐 https://t.co/RqxEE2w4y0— Jaime Primak (@Jaime Primak)1594903754.0
Wasn’t he also just spotted canoodling with Hope Hicks?? Wonder if that was the last straw? https://t.co/FoZGLdfUcy— Dara Kass, MD (@Dara Kass, MD)1594861207.0
Guess canoodling w/ hicks was a no-no.. https://t.co/T41xNYrdb3— Rita Guinn (@Rita Guinn)1594876069.0
No it was Hope Hicks. EVERY man she has been with has gotten fired: Corey Lewandowski Rob Porter Brad Parscale https://t.co/CqBuZnNOq2— Health4AllAmerica (@Health4AllAmerica)1594877151.0
@TheRickWilson Canoodling with Parscale is an image I don’t need just prior to retiring. 🤮🤮🤮🤮— Ronald Defenbaugh (@Ronald Defenbaugh)1594879926.0
Parscale & Hope Hicks was said to be in a pizza joint & they were spotted canodeling TRUMPs jelous & pissed Off t… https://t.co/YECzNgmbeB— MoonLight StarBright (@MoonLight StarBright)1594895177.0
@JDiamond1 @EliStokols Plus I heard parscale was getting it on with hope Hicks so Dotard will be jelly.— not a Doctor not a kiddo (@not a Doctor not a kiddo)1594893024.0
@NYinLA2121 @TheRickWilson Parscale and Hicks should lock themselves in the Comet Pizza storage closet for the “Sev… https://t.co/fZHAAHvOUr— RollingDice (@RollingDice)1594883402.0
Trump demoted Parscale when he found he was dating Hope Hicks, same thing that happened with Lewandowski and Rob Po… https://t.co/waxeUQSCy7— NoelCaslerComedy (@NoelCaslerComedy)1594897302.0
1. If you date Hope Hicks you're fired (Parscale, Porter, Lewandowski) 2. Coronavirus will go away if you stop cou… https://t.co/FW1PxK9D6Q— WorstPrezEvar (@WorstPrezEvar)1594898008.0
Wow.I can’t believe Hope Hicks was banging this guy also..Porter, Lewendowski and now Parscale. Two of whom are mar… https://t.co/Yu3PYgS71r— Be the Rain ☔️🎸 (@Be the Rain ☔️🎸)1594898076.0
@CaslerNoel @realDonaldTrump Parscale doesn’t strike me as the virile sort. More the sort with a standing order for… https://t.co/HQp6NGRfS4— robyn smith (@robyn smith)1594898369.0
Brad Parscale is somewhere writing his tell all book: Fuck Hope: How Trump has destroyed America and fired me for b… https://t.co/bZo7E5J2Fs— Fizz💯 (@Fizz💯)1594903816.0
Hope Hicks has dated Parscale, Lewandowski & Porter. I know it's gross, but hear me out... maybe she's a double… https://t.co/Aj6X6dI2YK— Shelley Smith (@Shelley Smith)1594903823.0
Hope Hicks is/was dating Parscale? WTF is wrong with her? (Rhetorical Q--I can make some good guesses.) https://t.co/4V9kugg3B6— Pat120 (@Pat120)1594904056.0
@realDonaldTrump @parscale Brad Parscale and Hope Hicks had an affair?? Donald is the worst president in American h… https://t.co/nsLdZZ3sUv— Strokeahontas (@Strokeahontas)1594905200.0
@AmyAthatcher Nope. He found out that Hope Hicks and Parscale were dating. Big no no in Trumplandia!— A Blue Dot in Oklahoma 🌊🌈❄ (@A Blue Dot in Oklahoma 🌊🌈❄)1594905293.0
@revmagdalen Isn't that "the" pizza parlor of #pizzagate fame? Can't wait to read the Q spin on it... Hicks took h… https://t.co/ucILHhERse— Pope Facto (@Pope Facto)1594905325.0
wait, @parscale got fired not for vast, demonstrable incompetence, but because he was dating Hope Hicks? I wonder… https://t.co/mt3a26BR0R— Chris Connors (@Chris Connors)1594905480.0
imagine “canoodling” with brad parscale. wait, here’s your puke bucket— Lainie 🌱 (@Lainie 🌱)1594905545.0
@parscale Not enough sucking up. Too much Hope Hicks. You gone and you didn't even see it coming— BrotherMatthew 🌊🇺🇸🌊🧙♀️⚜️ (@BrotherMatthew 🌊🇺🇸🌊🧙♀️⚜️)1594905593.0