Steve Bannon and Brian Kolfage (Twitter/@existentialfish)

Steve Bannon made joke about taking money from “We Build the Wall” donors during 2019 telethon

“We’re on a million-dollar yacht–Brian Kolfage, he took all that money from ‘Build the Wall,'" Bannon said on video



Brad Reed
August 21, 2020 5:49PM (UTC)

This article originally appeared on Raw Story

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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 case 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.

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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.

You can watch the clip below via Twitter:


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