Former US President Donald Trump's campaign leader, Brad Parscale, who was demoted in July, has been arrested by police and taken to a psychiatric hospital.

According to the authorities, Parscale's wife Candice Parscale had previously called the police in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, because she feared her husband would attempt suicide.


After the alcoholic 44-year-old came out of his house at the request of the police, he was overwhelmed by the emergency services, the police said.

According to media reports, the police found four rifles and six pistols or revolvers on his property.

Police footage shows Candice Parscale standing in front of her house in a bikini and with a towel wrapped around her, telling the officers that her husband is acting crazy and has a loaded gun.

"I think I heard a shot," she said.

According to the police report, she also accused her husband of beating her.

Brad Parscale said when he was arrested that he had done nothing.

Trump's campaign communications director, Tim Murtaugh, blamed Parscale's problems after the incident "disgusting personal attacks" by opposition Democrats and Republicans critical of Trump - without explaining exactly what he meant by that.

The Republican Trump had replaced Parscale in mid-July by his deputy Bill Stepien.

Trump announced at the time that Parscale would remain a high-ranking advisor to the election campaign team and responsible for digital strategies.

Previously, a controversial election campaign appearance by Trump in Tulsa, Oklahoma, because of the corona pandemic, had become a debacle because thousands of seats in the hall remained empty.

Parscale also came under fire for its campaign spending.

Trump is behind his challenger Joe Biden of the US Democrats in polls.

The election is on November 3rd.

Editor's note: ZEIT ONLINE is careful with the subject of suicide, as there are indications that certain forms of reporting can lead to imitation reactions.

Thoughts of suicide are often a result of mental illness.

The latter can be alleviated and even cured with professional help.

Anyone looking for help, including as a relative, can find it at the telephone counseling service on 0800 - 111 0 111 and 0800 - 111 0 222. The advisors are available around the clock, every call is anonymous, free of charge and does not appear on the phone bill still recorded in the itemized bill.

Further advisory services can be found here on the website of the German Society for Suicide Prevention.

The Federal Association of Relatives of the Mentally Ill also offers help for relatives of those at risk of suicide by calling 01805 - 950 951 and the landline number 0228 - 71 00 24 24 as well as the e-mail address seelefon@psychiatrie.de.