After the dismal numbers on last month’s Tulsa Rally, President Donald Trump announced that he had decided to replace Brad Parscale as his campaign manager, a position which will be taken over by deputy campaign manager Bill Stepien.

The president made his announcement on a social media post. “I am pleased to announce that Bill Stepien has been promoted to the role of Trump Campaign Manager,” Trump wrote. Despite the sudden dip in his polls and the half-filled arena in Tulsa, the president only had kind words for Parscale, adding that he will still be a part of the campaign team “Brad Parscale, who has been with me for a very long time and has led our tremendous digital and data strategies, will remain in that role while being a Senior Advisor to the campaign.”

Trump continued that both Parscale and Stepien have contributed to his 2016 presidential win. Despite the ongoing health, economic, and political, the president was hopeful that he could eventually bounce back. He assured that it would be “a lot easier” as the poll numbers continued to rise, the economy had reopened, and the good news that a coronavirus vaccine is on its final stage of testing.

Moreover, Trump also addressed the increasing violence and lawlessness as a result of the ongoing Black lives Matter protest. The president promised that he will deliver “Americans want safe streets and communities!”

For weeks, speculations rose that Trump might want to replace Parscale. While the Tulsa Rally did turn out as expected, Parscale had a lot of success on his own. In fact, he had successfully set up a digital fund-raising apparatus to raise money as the economic shutdown made it difficult for people to do in-person funding. While there have been talks of Parscale’s possible replacement, Trump’s campaign staff were still “shocked” and “surprised” over the president’s decision.

Fox News believed that Trump might want someone that has more experience to help him go through the next four months and Stepien might have the track record to do just that. In fact, he had managed former Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s campaigns. He had also worked as a White House political director and an adviser for former Democratic-turned-Republican New Jersey Rep. Jeff Van Drew’s 2020 reelection campaign.

Finally, he had served under Trump’s 2020 election campaign team as a deputy campaign manager. Jared Kushner, White House adviser and the president’s son-in-law acknowledged Parscale’s and Stepien’s contribution in the 2016 win. “Together, they both bring unique strengths,” Kushner concluded.