The USA Freedom Kids Plan To Sue The Trump Campaign After Their Slightly Disturbing Rally Performace
All presidential candidates have that one identifier that really sets them apart in the race — former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee compared everything to food; other former presidential candidate Ted Cruz allegedly went on killing sprees. As for your official Republican nominee? Well, Donald Trump gets sued… a lot, and most recently, Trump will likely be sued by the USA Freedom Kids, aka the group of young girls that put on that deeply disturbing performance, dancing and singing his praises while bashing his enemies, at one of his Florida rallies back in January. Some literally compared the performance to uncomfortably similar ones honoring North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.
According to Jeff Popick, the creator of the group and the father of its youngest member, after the Trump campaign made a deal to let the group perform twice, although The Washington Post notes “the first event didn’t come to fruition,” Popick asked for $2,500 for the performance. The Trump campaign countered by offering the Freedom Kids a table where the group could pre-sell its albums, but never actually provided this table, and didn’t respond to any of Popick’s calls, as recently as the Republican convention in Cleveland.
Popick then revealed he’s currently planning to file suit, although he notes it won’t be a “billion-dollar lawsuit” by any means, and he’d be satisfied with another opportunity for the group to perform for Trump in the future.
“I’m doing this because I think they have to do the right thing,” Popick told The Washington Post. “And if this means having to go through the court system to enforce them doing the right thing, then that’s what I have to do. I’m not looking to do battle with the Trump campaign, but I have to show my girls that this is the right thing.”
Popick is hardly a sympathetic figure, noting that Trump “might still be the best candidate as president of the United States,” because racism, misogyny, xenophobia — who cares? But there’s undeniable satisfaction to be derived from such a uniquely bizarre situation as this, exposing the Trump campaign’s penchant for flakiness and breaking contracts, even with little girls.
As of early June, Trump has been involved in at least 3,500 legal actions in federal and state courts over the past 30 years, which is unprecedented for any major presidential candidate. While this latest lawsuit highlights the shadiness of the Trump campaign in particular, most of these other, far more infuriating, cases reveal his tendency as a businessman and a person to take advantage of less powerful people.