Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon tells FRONTLINE he “detests” Sen. Mitch McConnell, but views him as a hero when it comes to the courts: “…To me he’s the epitome of the establishment. That being said, if you’re a conservative, he essentially saved the country.” Bannon also shares his perspective on the role a list of potential Supreme Court nominees approved by the Federalist Society and the Heritage Foundation played in Trump’s successful presidential campaign: “I don’t think he would be president without that list.”
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