President Donald Trump's campaign manager fans the flames for a 2020 headquarters and publicly raises suspicions that Trump and his allies are worried about the possibility.
In a Sunday tweet, Brad Parscale recently elected Trump's redial targeting Ohio Governor John Kasich, who could challenge Trump for the Republican nomination.
"Is it really hard to figure out who @JohnKasich really is?" tweeted Parscale, along with a photo of a Smoking Kasich next to Democratic Party leader Nancy Pelosi and others at the White House Correspondent Dinner on Saturday. "He's very nice with @NancyPelosi, they want to control every part of their lives, they want a political class that chooses the winners and losers, and our success should not come from politicians, but from our own efforts."
The Tweet came not long after Kasich, a stubborn Trump critic, expressed fresh frustration over the direction of the Republican Party during a performance in CNN's State of the Art Union .
"I have not left the Republican Party, the Republican Party has left me," Kasich said on the program.
He added, "I can bring this party back, and I'll do it one way or another."
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John Weaver, the chief strategist of Kasich, responded on Twitter that Parscale must be sweating and "anxious" about the idea of a primary. "See you at the playground," Weaver added.
In a separate text message to BuzzFeed News, Weaver addressed the photo Parscale used: "How many photos are there of Trump's meeting with Nancy? So youthful."
Bill Kristol, Editor-in-Chief of Weekly Standard and prominent voice in the Republican anti-Trump movement, also attacked the Parscale tweet. "That confirms what I've found elsewhere: Team Trump … is worried about an important 2020 challenge – as it should be."
Parscale, who has become one of Trump's most visible advisors since joining the campaign manager in February, then tried to distance his tweet from Trump's campaign.
"Haha, good try," he tweeted in response to Kristol . "I just can not stand it @ JohnKasich I. This is my personal account. Call him for the fake that he is."
Parscale did not respond to the Buzzfeed news requests for additional comments.