Nathan Lane on Trump, politics and 'Angels in America'

Lane joined "The View" to talk politics and his new play on Broadway, in which he plays Donald Trump's notorious ally Roy Cohn.
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Transcript for Nathan Lane on Trump, politics and 'Angels in America'
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