Remember the ‘USA Freedom Kids,’ that glittery trio of red-white-and-blue girls who charmed us with their North Korean dance moves and their combative lyrics set to an electronic revision of a World War I-era patriotic song?
“Enemies of freedom / Face the music / Come on, boys—take ‘em down! / President Donald Trump knows how / To make America great / Deal from strength or get crushed every time.” How could we ever forget these charming little darlings?
Well, apparently it’s time for Donald Trump to face the music now, because the girls’ manager is suing him for breach of contract. Deal from strength or get crushed every time, you know:
Jeff Popick, father of the smallest Freedom Kid and author of “Freedom’s Call” (the song performed at the Trump rally), told The Washington Post by phone on Monday that he planned to file a lawsuit against the campaign for violating its agreement with the group.
“This is not a billion-dollar lawsuit,” Popick said. “I’m doing this because I think they have to do the right thing. 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 quick to explain that the agreement was not written down, but, instead, involves promises from various agents of the Trump campaign which he says were then broken.
Basically, the Trump campaign — which has become synonymous with disorganization and staff turmoil — is accused of doing a terrible job of keeping its word on anything from schedules to tables. That’s not surprising at all if you’ve been paying attention, especially as Popick’s allegations cover a period of time before Corey Lewandowski was finally dismissed from his inexplicable role as campaign manager.
But not all of that chaos can simply be dismissed along with Lewandowski. For instance, just this morning Trump threatened to withhold payment from a Virginia hotelier because he wanted the air conditioning turned up.
“I don’t know what hotel this is, but you ought to try turning on the air conditioning or we’re not going to get you paid,” Trump said.
Hotel officials told WDBJ in Roanoke that the air conditioning system “was on and working properly throughout the event.” The hotel said temperatures in the 90s did pose “a challenge” while doors were open for two hours to let hundreds of people enter the ballroom. It says staff did everything possible to keep guests comfortable.
In his extended rant, Trump said he is “really good” at the hotel business and knows owners can save money by turning off the air conditioning.
“But this is ridiculous,” Trump said. “So then there’ll be an article, ‘Donald Trump refuses to pay the bill.’ Of course. And you know what, the smart people say, ‘Trump is smart.’ The other people would say, ‘Oh, isn’t that terrible.’ Ok. I think the ballroom and the people that own this hotel should be ashamed of themselves.”
Trump has been sued more than 3,500 times for failing to pay vendors and small businesses, among other things — a litigation record that is unprecedented in presidential politics. The reason for that is painfully obvious, isn’t it?
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