Thursday, August 20, 2020

Bannon Arrested For Scamming Dull-Witted Trump Supporters


Asked this morning by a reporter what this says about his judgment, Señor Trumpanzee replied. "Well, I have no idea."

At one point when I was in high school, my family moved from the Kings Highway area (Madison High School) to the Sheepshead Bay area (Lincoln High School-- before Sheepshead Bay High was built). My transfer from Madison to Lincoln lasted one day. I was in academically-accelerated (Honor) classes at Madison and on my record that was sent over to Lincoln, the classes were marked with an "H" to indicate that. The person in the records office at Lincoln interpreted the "H"s as "M" for Modified, meaning the intellectually-impaired kids who still couldn't read in high school. One day in the Modified classes was enough for me, thanks. I transferred back to Madison the next day, and got back to Dostoevsky instead of... coloring books. My sister married someone from the modified regime. He's a walking talking Trumpist; not a brain cell firing in his skull.

I don't know if he was one of the people who bought into Bannon's scam to defraud low IQ Trump supporters out of their money, but I bet he was. He isn't the kind of guy to miss out on this type of opportunity.

Early Thursday morning, Bannon was arrested by investigators for the Southern District of New York-- along with postal agents-- after being indicted and charged with defrauding hundreds of thousands of donors just like my brother-in-law with his "We Build the Wall" con-job. They raised over $25 million to build a wall along the southern border, a scam that put huge sums into the pockets of Trump regime crooks and hangers-on-- Brian Kolfage, Andrew Badolato and Timothy Shea, who Trump snuck into the Drug Enforcement Administration as the top guy, by making him "acting" administrator, so as to avoid a Senate investigation into his shady past.

The 24 page indictment reads "To induce donors to donate to the campaign, Kolfage and Bannon... repeatedly and falsely assured the public that Kolfage would 'not take a penny in salary or compensation' and that '100% of the funds raised... will be used in the execution of our mission and purpose because, as Bannon publicly stated, 'we're a volunteer organization.' The representations were false. In truth, Brian Kolfage, Stephen Bannon, Andrew Badolato and Timothy Shea, the defendants, collectively received hundreds of thousands of dollars in donor funds from We Build the Wall." Bannon pocketed over a million dollars and Kolfage stole at least $350,000.

Acting U.S. Attorney Audrey Straus: "The defendants defrauded hundreds of thousands of donors, capitalizing on their interest in funding a border wall to raise millions of dollars, under the false pretense that all of that money would be spent on construction. While repeatedly assuring donors that Brian Kolfage, the founder and public face of We Build the Wall, would not be paid a cent, the defendants secretly schemed to pass hundreds of thousands of dollars to Kolfage, which he used to fund his lavish lifestyle. We thank the USPIS for their partnership in investigating this case, and we remain dedicated to rooting out and prosecuting fraud wherever we find it." 

Straus and her team could certainly start rooting and a prosecuting fraud by following the stench and looking closely at the organization's board of directors which is absolutely overflowing with sewage from the Trump orbit: bottom-of-the-barrel crooks and degenerates like Erik Prince, Kris Kobach, Tom Tancredo, "Sheriff" Dave Clarke, Curt Schilling, Air Force General Robert Spaulding (ret), John Moran, Jr., Tiffany Ruegner... And, of course, Trump, Jr. spoke at a We Build the Wall fundraising event, helping these horrible people soak the suckers. And then there's the little matter of Trump ordering the Department of Homeland Security to give Bannon's group $400 million. That needs to be looked into more carefully than it has been.

This morning, the Washington Post reported that "Bannon had told associates he was on a boat all summer off the U.S. coast but has stayed connected to the president’s orbit, talking to Trump allies and offering campaign advice even though he no longer holds an official position in the president’s organization. Until earlier this year, he hosted a show with Trump campaign strategist Jason Miller that the president sometimes listened to. A White House spokeswoman said, 'This is not a White House matter' and referred questions to the Justice Department... After learning of authorities’ investigation from a financial institution in October, prosecutors alleged, Kolfage and Badolato began communicating on encrypted messaging apps and added a statement to the campaign’s website that Kolfage would be paid a salary starting in January. On Wednesday, Kolfage tweeted that he had deleted the campaign from the GoFundMe site, alleging it had blocked a separate attempt to by him to raise money for those wanting to sue the Black Lives Matter group."

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At 2:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

WHAT??? No GOON SQUAD whisking him away in an unmarked van? No bangin his head on the van door while pushing him in? No extended detention in a secret location without legal counsel? No perp walk for the media?

They just don't make cops like they used to, do they?

At 2:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Pardon me, mein fuhrer?" -- bannon

At 4:15 PM, Blogger bt1138 said...

You have to admit, it was a real poetic touch to have the Postal Service Inspectors do the takedown.

At 8:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

just a note: both harding and Reagan had far more of their ... aides indicted and convicted. and then there was Nixon.

but those were all in the days where the OTHER party existed and exercised its muscle... sometimes even for good.

not so today. you cannot call the democraps the "opposition" (to the Nazis and naziism) if they always shrink from "opposing" anything except their own progressives.

they should have just torpedoed that damn yacht. quicker. cleaner. easier.
and they could have called it suicide... the potted flora would have bought it.


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