How Mitch McConnell defeated Steve Bannon, explained - 2019-05-24
Alt-right agitator Steve Bannon has often expressed his contempt for what he considers the "Republican establishment," and one of the people he was especially contemptuous of in 2017 was Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. But conservative journalist Noah Rothman examines the Bannon/McConnell rivalry in a May 23 article for Commentary Magazine—and declares that McConnell won, hands down.
Rothman notes that the 65-year-old Bannon described McConnell as an enemy of President Donald Trump's agenda during a September 2017 interview with Charlie Rose, saying, "Mitch McConnell and this permanent political class is the most corrupt and incompetent group of individuals in this country. They have helped destroy this country. They have perpetrated economic hate crimes against the good people of this country."
But Bannon, Rothman stresses, is much more favorable to McConnell now. In a recent interview with PBS, Bannon—who was executive chairman at Breitbart News before serving as White House chief strategist in the Trump Administration in 2017—asserted, "There's nobody (with whom) I've had bigger disagreements than Mitch McConnell because, to me, he's the epitome of the establishment. That being said, if you're a conservative, he essentially saved the country."