Remember this God-awful display of cuteness meets dictator-like hero worship?
You’ll recall this group of young girls, known as “USA Freedom Kids,” performed this little number at a Trump rally in Pensacola Florida in January. Their 15 minutes of fame resulted in a good bit of internet infamy, with over 56,000 downvotes on the YouTube video that introduced them to the world.
Now the creator of the group and father to the youngest girl, Jeff Popick, is saying he’s suing the Trump campaign for not upholding payment promises or various other agreements.
From the Washington Post:
His understanding from the campaign was that the Kids would make two appearances in Florida, where Popick lives. The first event didn’t come to fruition, and Popick says he asked for $2,500 in payment for the second performance, in Pensacola. The campaign made a counter-offer: How about a table where the group could pre-sell albums?
Popick says there was never a table to sell their albums. To boot, the Trump campaign invited the girls to perform at the event for veterans in Des Moines, Iowa, giving them only a days notice. The girls packed up, and flew there, but on arrival were told their performance had been canceled. What’s more, Popick had to pay for it all.
It wasn’t to be. When the plane landed, Popick had a message from the campaign staffer indicating that there was a change of plan. The campaign invited the performers to attend the rally, which they did, in their outfits. The campaign asked Popick not to talk to the media, he says, but then gave them seats within arm’s length of the press. “They just were constantly coming over, wanting pictures,” Popick said of the news media. “They wanted to take pictures, they wanted to ask questions — and I had to be a real jerk.” The cost of the flights, rental car and hotel were all absorbed by Popick.
To make up for it, they then offered him a chance for the girls to perform at the RNC…only that never happened either.
Now Popick is suing the Trump campaign for leading he and the girls along by the nose without ever delivering on their promises.
“I’m doing this because I think they have to do the right thing,” said Popick. “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.”
“I’ve invested a lot of time, effort, money,” he said later, “and it’s just been complete silence.”
Trump going back on his promises, and screwing people over isn’t an original concept. Ask people who went through Trump University, or the vets he said he raised $6 million for in Des Moines – the very place the girls were supposed to perform – but they never got.
Trump pretty much seems to screw everyone who gets close to him. Sad that this time it was a group of little girls.