Remember the USA Freedom Kids? The preteen, red-white-and-blue-clad trio were featured guests at presidential candidate Donald Trump’s Pensacola rally back in January, performing a lipsynched tribute to Trump which quickly went viral.
“President Donald Trump knows how to make America great,” the girls sang. “Deal from strength or get crushed every time.” Videos of the performance racked up more than 30 million views on YouTube and social media, prompting a slew of media appearances during the girls’ 15 minutes of fame.
But six months later, it looks like the girls and their manager aren’t quite as happy with Trump.
The Washington Post is reporting that Jeff Popick — the group’s manager and the father of its youngest member — plans to sue the Trump campaign for not honoring an oral agreement. Popick, who also wrote the lyrics for the song the group performed, says that Trump’s campaign promised to provide the Freedom Kids with a merchandise table at the Pensacola event in lieu of compensation, but didn’t follow through. Popick also argues that campaign staffers invited the trio to perform at a rally in Des Moines, Iowa, to which he and the Freedom Kids traveled at their expense only to be told that there was a change of plans. Travel and lodging costs were not reimbursed by the campaign, Popick says.
“This is not a billion-dollar lawsuit,” Popick told the Post. “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.”