The USA Freedom Kids who became a viral sensation after performing at a Trump rally in January are suing the Republican’s campaign for $15,000 in damages.
The lawsuit claims that the Trump campaign refused to reimburse the travel expenses for the girls in the singing troupe who performed their song, "Freedom's Call,” at a rally in Pensacola, Fla. The singing group was also not able to sell their merchandise at the event despite getting approval to do so, according to legal documents reviewed by The Daily Beast.
“We are not able to pay the girls or cover travel,” Stephanie Scruggs, a regional field director for Trump’s campaign, wrote to founder of USA Freedom Kids Jeff Popick in January, according to the lawsuit.
“However we have coordinated with the event space to allow the girls to set up a table and pre-sell their album, shirts, etc if this is helpful to you.”
Popick agreed to fund the trip through merchandise sales, but says the group was never allowed to bring the merchandise into the rally. That merchandise was ultimately left outside and stolen, according to the lawsuit.
Trump's campaign also promised that the girls could perform several songs at another rally in Iowa, but declined to reimburse their travel expenses.
“They had said, well Iowa’s a pretty long distance for us to travel,” the lawyer representing the Freedom Kids, Marc Shapiro, said according to the report.
“There’s plane flights up there, and hotels and so forth, would you give us a stipend so that we can travel up there and perform. The Trump campaign said no, you would have to pay your own way.”
Several hours before the scheduled performance in Iowa, the Trump campaign said the girls were no longer needed at the rally.
“This is not an opportunistic thing where we’re suing Donald TrumpDonald TrumpHarris stumps for McAuliffe in Virginia On The Money — Sussing out what Sinema wants Hillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — The Facebook Oversight Board is not pleased MORE,” said Popick, who is the father of one of the girls in the group.
“We’re not suing for emotional distress and all that other stuff that people do when the trump up — no pun intended — when they trump up a lawsuit. That’s not what this is. This is tangible dollars I spent under false pretenses.”
Popick previously said the Trump campaign had promised to pay $2,500 for the Pensacola performance, but acknowledged that the agreement was mostly verbal.