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WATCH: Steve Bannon ‘joked’ about embezzling wall donors’ money during 2019 telethon

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Disgraced former Trump White House political strategist Steve Bannon openly made jokes about stealing money from people who donated to his “We Build the Wall” crowdfunding campaign — even as prosecutors are alleging that’s exactly what he was doing.

In a newly unearthed video of Bannon and alleged co-conspirator Brian Kolfage doing a “Wall-o-thon” to raise cash for their privately funded border wall, the former Trump official made what at the time appeared to be a harmless joke about embezzling donations and using them to buy a yacht.

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“Welcome back, this is Stephen K. Bannon, we’re off the coast of Saint-Tropez in Southern France on the Mediterranean,” he said. “We’re on a million-dollar yacht –Brian Kolfage, he took all that money from ‘Build the Wall.'”

Kolfage at this point started laughing.

“No, we’re actually in Sunland Park, New Mexico,” Bannon continued.

However, prosecutors at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York say this is no laughing matter, as they claim that Kolfage really did make “payments toward a boat” with the hundreds of thousands of dollars he allegedly skimmed from the crowdfunding campaign.

Watch the video below.

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Former Neo-Nazi says Trump’s call for Proud Boys to ‘stand by’ will encourage more violence

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President Trump refused to condemn white supremacists during the first of three scheduled presidential debates with Joe Biden. When pressed by moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News to disavow far-right extremism, Trump name-checked the Proud Boys and told them to “stand back and stand by,” words widely denounced as a tacit endorsement of the violent, white supremacist organization classified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group. The Proud Boys almost immediately responded by changing its logo online to include the Trump quote. Christian Picciolini, a former neo-Nazi who now leads the Free Radicals Project, a group focused on helping people disengage from violent extremism, says Trump’s words were a clear encouragement for “continued violence” from far-right groups. We also speak with Temple University professor Marc Lamont Hill, who says Trump’s performance at the debate is a continuation of his white supremacist project. “He wants violence in the streets, he wants chaos at the polls, because he wants Americans to feel a sense of unsafety. It’s its own kind of diplomatic terrorism,” he says.

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Proud Boy arrested in Portland on assault and gun charges — hours after Trump refused to denounce group

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Portland police arrested a Proud Boy member hours after President Donald Trump sent a signal of support to the right-wing group.

Alan Swinney was charged with multiple counts of assault, along with pointing a firearm at another, unlawful use of a weapon and unlawful use of tear gas and remains held at the Multnomah County Jail, reported Oregon Public Broadcasting.

The 50-year-old Swinney was photographed and recorded on video Aug. 22 pointing a revolver at anti-fascist protesters outside the Multnomah County Justice Center.

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Women accuse prominent evangelical preacher of sexually harassing them for years: report

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Multiple women have come forward claiming the late evangelical leader Ravi Zacharias sexually harassed them over a period of time at a Georgia spa he co-owned.

Three women told Christianity Today that Zacharias touched them inappropriately and "masturbated" in front of them while they were employed at the spa. Zacharias died from cancer in May.

The still-operative Ravi Zacharias International Ministries said that it's conducting an investigation into the allegations.

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