Donald Trump is requiring all campaign volunteers to sign an outrageous contract that forbids them, and any employees they may have, from criticizing the bigoted billionaire or helping another candidate, ever.
The contract, which covers even the lowest level of campaign volunteers who simply man phones in call centers, includes non-disparagement, non-disclosure, and non-compete agreements.
According to employment attorneys, while these are common for employees, they are likely unenforceable when applied to volunteers who give up their rights but don’t receive a damn thing in return except knowing they have helped a racist fascist get closer to the White House.
Legal experts say that the non-disparagement clause of the six-page contract, which theoretically lasts for life, would not be likely to stand up in court, but the audacity of such an agreement is still jaw-dropping.
No Disparagement. During the term of your service and at all times thereafter you hereby promise and agree not to demean or disparage publicly the Company, Mr. Trump, any Trump Company, any Family Member, or any Family Member Company or any asset any of the foregoing own, or product or service any of the foregoing offer, in each case by or in any of the Restricted Means and Contexts and to prevent your employees from doing so.
No Competitive Services. Until the Non-Compete Cutoff Date you promise and agree not to assist or counsel, directly or indirectly, for compensation or as a volunteer, any person that is a candidate or exploring candidacy for President of the United States other than Mr. Trump and to prevent your employees from doing so.
It isn’t even just volunteers who are restricted from disparaging Trump, but the contract covers the employees of volunteers as well. Exactly how Trump expects volunteers to restrict the freedom of speech for other people who just may happen to work for them is unclear, but it isn’t entirely surprising that the GOP narcissist thinks he is the only one entitled to first amendment rights.
Davida Perry, an employment lawyer in New York City, said the non-disparagement clause was “shocking.”
“I guess he doesn’t know about the First Amendment. This is really shocking.”
The non-disclosure agreement mandates that volunteers are forbidden from giving up any campaign secrets or other such sensitive information, but what qualifies as such is completely up to Trump’s discretion.
He’s apparently so afraid that people would say something bad about him after spending some time on his campaign that they have to sign some sort of agreement,” Perry explained. “I don’t see how this stands up. I don’t see how a court enforces this.
The non-compete agreement states that volunteers are never allowed to work for another candidate should they decide that they don’t want to live under the second coming of the nazi regime after all.
According to the Daily Dot, this clause has no real end point either:
In the event of a Trump victory in November’s general election, the non-compete clause could extend until his 2020 reelection campaign or even 2024, at the end of a second Trump term, the document explains. If Trump loses but wants to run again in the next election or in any presidential election in the future, the contract states the volunteer cannot work for another candidate.
Once again, this non-compete agreement doesn’t just apply to the volunteers themselves, but all of their employees as well.
Just why anyone would sign this kind of agreement is beyond me, but I can only assume that the fact he has such a large following of the “poorly educated” contributes to the willingness of volunteers to sign such an outrageous contract, that strips them of their rights in the name of freedom.
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