Ethics

There’s Two New Lawsuits Against Trump

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JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Remember the creepy Freedom Kids?

The trio of young girls performed a nationalist song and dance number at a Trump rally in Florida earlier this year, but the group was never paid or compensated for the performance.

The father of one of the girls who organizes their performances says he’s filing a lawsuit against the Trump campaign for backing out of a promise to compensate them for multiple canceled performances.

The Trump campaign apparently promised the group an opportunity to sell their own merchandise in lieu of payment at one of Trump’s events in Florida only to later back out of it, but that’s not even the worst part.

When Trump made the sudden decision to skip the January Fox News debate and instead hold an event for veterans, a representative of the campaign called Popick to see if the Freedom Kids might perform. The call came the day before the event, Popick says, which was being held in Des Moines at 6:30 p.m. 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 there was a change of plan.

And we all know how Trump’s sham event for veterans turned out. Trump raised very little money at the event and he only made a donation to a veterans group after being caught for not making any donations.

Meanwhile, a district judge has ruled that a case against Trump filed by former members of his country club in Jupiter, Florida may proceed. Trump apparently refused to return deposits to club members who resigned from the club after he took over.

In the 12-page ruling, [U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra] said there were “genuine questions of material fact regarding whether (Trump) breached the contract” with members of Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter by refusing to return their deposits, which ranged from $35,000 to $210,000. That means, he said, the lawsuit must be decided by a jury.

The trial against Trump will begin on August 15th if he does not settle. Trump likes to claim that he doesn’t settle, but I expect he will. Trump’s Las Vegas hotel recently settled with local culinary union 226 for retaliating against employees.

Trump cannot be taken at his word and even what he signs on paper cannot be counted on.

  • ninjaf

    I know this is so very petty, but can I ask you to please fix the headline? The subject (lawsuits) is plural and, therefore, your verb should also be (There’re instead of There’s). This issue has become so common to see/hear (even President Obama does it ALL THE TIME when he is speaking) that it is driving me bonkers and has become like nails on a chalkboard. 🙂

  • muselet

    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.

    “A verbal contract isn’t worth the paper it’s written on.” –misattributed to Samuel Goldwyn

    And the Florida case sounds to me like one both sides badly need to lose.

    –alopecia

  • Groundloop

    “Freedom Kids trying to shake me down! Crooked Hillary put them up to it! Song wasn’t that good anyway! Sad!”

    -Donald J Drumpf