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All Donald Trump volunteers asked to sign a life-long, no-criticism gag order

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 6:01 IST
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  • Donald Trump volunteers are required to sign a contract that forbids them from criticising the Republican presidential candidate, his family, and any Trump products for the entirety of their lives.
  • Samuel Estreicher told NBC News \"It\'s overkill. I don\'t think it\'s enforceable, I don\'t know why he\'s using it.\"

Trust Republican GOP Donald Trump to come up with bizarre announcements on a daily basis.

It has now emerged that Donald Trump volunteers are required to sign a contract that forbids them from criticising the Republican presidential candidate, his family, and any Trump products for the entirety of the volunteers life - as reported by the Daily Dot.

So, once the campaigning is over, you cannot criticise Trump - for the rest of your life.

Forget Trump, you cannot criticise his failing business, his family - including his three wives and children - or his policies. No scrutiny whatsoever.

The order also includes a non-compete agreement that is in effect until Trump ceases his campaign for president. This basically stops volunteers from donating their time to any other candidate during the duration of Trump's campaign.

Here are the clauses in the gag order:

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 cut-off 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 Trump and to prevent your employees from doing so.

Legal experts have called the contract an overkill. Samuel Estreicher told NBC News "It's overkill. I don't think it's enforceable, I don't know why he's using it."

David Perry, an employment lawyer in New York City told the Daily Dot, "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."

First published: 22 March 2016, 2:53 IST
 
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