Trump Digital Director to '60 Minutes': A "Farce" That Campaign Colluded With Russia


CBS NEWS: Brad Parscale, digital director for Trump's campaign, was a critical factor in the president's election. Now questions surround how he did it

Tonight, you're going to hear from a 41-year-old man who has remained largely unnoticed even though he was one of the top decision-makers of the Trump campaign.

His name is Brad Parscale. While Steve Bannon, Paul Manafort, and Kellyanne Conway are marquee names you're familiar with, Parscale was in the back room -- operating as the campaign's secret weapon.

Parscale told 60 Minutes correspondent Leslie Stahl anyone in the world could have launched 'bots' to flood Twitter with pro-Trump messages and the campaign did not coordinate them. He called it a "joke" and a "farce" that the campaign colluded with the Russian Federation in any way. Transcript, via CBS:

Brad Parscale: I understood early that Facebook was how Donald Trump was going to win. Twitter is how he talked to the people. Facebook was going to be how he won.

Lesley Stahl: And Facebook IS how he won.

Brad Parscale: I think so. I think Donald Trump won, but I think Facebook was the method – it was the highway in which his car drove on.


Lesley Stahl: Facebook has admitted that the Russians spent $100,000 -- at least $100,000 -- on ads to influence the U.S. campaign. Does that bother you?

Brad Parscale: Yeah, I would not want a foreign entity to meddle in our election; you know, a government. Yeah, I mean, I wouldn't want that; I'm American.

But the question is: did the Trump campaign collude with the Russians – and as the digital director, was Parscale involved?

Brad Parscale: I think it's a joke. Like, at least for my part in it.

Lesley Stahl: Very few people think it's a joke.

Brad Parscale: I think it's a joke when they involve myself. 'Cause I know my own activities, and I know the activities of this campaign. I was there. It's just a farce.

Lesley Stahl: It's a farce that you colluded with the Russians?

Brad Parscale: Yeah. It's just a joke.

What about what happened on Twitter? Which was flooded with pro-Trump tweets generated by robots, or bots.

Lesley Stahl: Did you have a hand in generating these bots—

Brad Parscale: I had nothing to do with bots. I don't think bots work.

Lesley Stahl: You were called the king of the bots.

Brad Parscale: I know. It's ridiculous. It's just the craziest thing ever. No one on our team ever sat down with me and said, "Brad, we should make bots."

Lesley Stahl: But if-- if you see that there are hundreds of thousands of bots floating around with pro-Trump messages, somebody generated it. Where would it come from?

Brad Parscale: I would imagine there were people, everyday people in America, who thought they were trying to help. I don't know.

Lesley Stahl: If the bots came from the Russians, would you know?

Brad Parscale: Nah.

Lesley Stahl: Do you think it might have?

Brad Parscale: No idea.

Lesley Stahl: Could it have?

Brad Parscale: Could be from anybody in the world.

Read the entire transcript here.

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