|Looks like the Trump campaign stiffed the|
ever-popular U.S. Freedom Kids and is not
paying them for their viral performance at
one of his rallies.
The USA Freedom Kids performed, their, depending on your perspective, a cute, earnest or cringe-worthy song and dance called "Freedom's Call."
Trump was a big fan then.
Now, however, like almost everything else involving Donald Trump, the situation with the USA Freedom Kids and Trump involves a lawsuit.
Who knows how it will work out, but there was apparently a series of verbal agreements involving the girls' performance that the dad of one of the performers, Jeff Popick, said were broken by the Trump campaign, says the Washington Post and other media outlets.
Popick had asked for $2,500 for the girl's performance. The Trump campaign counter-offered with a proposal to let the kids set up a table to pre-sell their albums and other merchandise.
Who knew these USA Freedom Kids thing was such a business!?
The campaign never did set up a table for them so they lost out. Peptic paid for promotional material they never used and lost out on promotional time at what turned out to be the nonexistent table.
Later, says the Washington Post, the Trump campaign wanted, at the last minute just after he dropped out of the Fox News debate back in January.
Trump would go to an Iowa rally instead, and his campaign wanted the girls to perform there.
Says the Washington Post:
"With the promise that the exposure from the event would be 'huge,' Popick readily agreed and the kids and their parents packed up for a direct flight to Chicago and a long drive to Iowa.
It wasn't to be. When the plane landed, Popick had a message from the campaign staffer indicating that thre was a change of plan."
The campaign allowed the girls and Popick to attend the rally, but were not allowed to talk to the media. Then they put them right next to the media area. Reporters all tried to ask questions, and Popick said he had to be like a jerk and tell them to buzz off, on orders of the Trump campaign.
Well, Trump's a jerk so I guess it fits that he wants everybody else around him to be a jerk, too.
Since then, Popick has been contacting the Trump campaign constantly trying to get paid. After all, Popick had to pay for the flights and travel to Iowa for the kids. Plus theres' that famous performance in Pensecola. Shouldn't the campaign pay them since they're the ones that origionally wanted them?
No deal. They're just blowing him off.
That's the Trump M.O., too. If he owes somebody money, either blow them off, or countersue the people trying to get paid. Check out this exhaustive USA Today investigation of how cheap and irresponsible Trump is when it comes to paying people he hires.
So now, Popick is getting ready to sue the Trump campaign.
Incredibly, even after all this, Popick tells the Washington Post he is not sure whether he will support Trump for president.
Maybe, Popick says, he was bad to him, but perhaps he'll be good for the country.
With that reputation for stiffing people? I doubt it.
For those who want a refresher on the odd U.S. Freedom Kids performance last winter, here ya go!