The ‘Freedom Kids,” a pro-Trump
Hitler Youth impersonation very patriotic singing and dancing group that performed at a couple of Trump rallies is now finding out that dealing with Donald Trump is not the best way to achieve business success.
We all remember when this act first hit the scene on the national news and social media. As these pre-teen girls were marching in place and singing about “enemies of freedom” and cheering for military invasion of other countries, the nation was frozen in horrific fascination. Soon, footage of the girls was everywhere and they were the new big thing.
The Trump campaign secured the services of the Freedom Kids with promises of both promotion at Trump events and media access to help take their brand nation-wide. Take a guess how that turned out.
Fast-forward to today. Jeff Popick, father of the smallest Freedom Kid, and author of “Freedom’s Call,’ which was the song they performed at the Trump rally, told the Washington Post that he’s suing Donald Trump for violating the agreement he made with his group.
Popick first contacted then-campaign manager Corey Lewandowski to see if he could perform for Trump. An agreement was reached for 2 performances, where the compensation to the performers would be a table that they could pre-sell albums at, during the rally.
The Trump campaign didn’t even allow the first performance to happen. When the Freedom Kids arrived at the second one there was no table. Popick described the rally as “complete chaos,” and indicated that they made no attempt to compensate them for their performance in any way.
After a long bout of trying to contact the campaign about alternate compensation met with no results, Popick made another huge mistake. He trusted Trump a second time.
In an unreal turn of events, Trump’s campaign called Popick again asking him to perform at a Des Moines rally for Trump. The campaign apparently forgot they already screwed the guy over on a previous occasion.
They were not going to pay Popick, but offered compensation in “exposure” at the huge rally. Implications were made that Popick would have media access and be able to get his act huge publicity on a nationwide stage.
Popick packed up the kids, their gear, and took an immediate flight from Florida to Chicago. There, he rented a car and drove the rest of the way to Iowa and the rally. Once there, he realized the horrible, horrible mistake he had made … again.
The Freedom Kids were denied their promised performance a second time. They were allowed to attend the rally in costume, but only as spectators and not on stage. When it came time for his media exposure, the Freedom Girls were quarantined by Trump. Popick was seated within arms-reach of the press box at the Trump rally, but he was not allowed to speak to the press or allow pictures.
Are you feeling bad for this guy yet? Popick lamented the fact that he “had to be a real jerk” to the press. They were begging for comments, pictures, stories, or whatever they could get and Popick had to sit there and give none of it. The exposure and second performance he was promised turned out to be another lie by Trump.
Not only were the Freedom Kids denied their promised compensation, but Popick was on the hook for a lot of money. The Freedom Kids paid for their own transportation and lodging during the trip to Iowa. In short, they got royally screwed.
After another long period of trying “again and again and again” to sort this out with the Trump campaign, Popick ended up filing a lawsuit to get compensation for time, effort and money spent along with restitution for compensation that was not given to him.
Popick had this to say:
“We are owed compensation or, as the agreement is, a performance. That’s what the agreement was. In lieu of compensation, in lieu of monetary compensation, that we would have this performance. It was largely a verbal contract, but a contract nonetheless and on two different occasions.”
Hopefully, this poor guy doesn’t perform for them a third time.
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