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The absurdly crooked Trump Foundation is no more, thanks to a lawsuit by the New York state Attorney General. Its corrupt practices were so blatant that Trump himself sent handwritten notes, instructing his subordinates to spend the tax-exempt money on…him. As Stephen Colbert notes admiringly, “It’s so rare to see misappropriation of funds with that personal touch.”

The foundation has agreed to sell off its remaining assets — “two hideous portraits of Trump and a Denver Broncos helmet signed by Tim Tebow” — and donate the proceeds to a bona fide charity.

But Stephen observes that even as the foundation is dissolving, the state lawsuit rolls on. The attorney general will impose a ban on Trump and his three eldest children from serving on the board of any nonprofit organization.

None of that has stopped Trump from boasting about his “charity” in a goodbye tweet that Stephen spins amusingly.

Proud Boys demonstrator

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Reprinted with permission from DailyKos

It's become apparent that, even as Donald Trump tries to deny reality and continue claiming he won the election, the hate group that he ordered, on national television, to "stand back and stand by" now considers (per leadership's statements that "standby order has been rescinded," as well as other threatening statements on social media) those orders null and void: The Proud Boys are now playing the role of Trump's goon-squad defenders in the streets—and appear unlikely to stop anytime soon.

Following the initial burst of Proud Boy violence in Washington, D.C., during and after the "Million MAGA March" of November 14, the familiar black-and-yellow polos, red MAGA hats and thug tactics have been showing up on the streets of Raleigh, North Carolina; Sacramento, California; and Staten Island, New York. At each event, brawls broke out amid overheated rhetoric, much of it in Trump's defense.

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