Reid: McConnell leading GOP toward Trump
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Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidChris Murphy’s profile rises with gun tragedies Republicans are headed for a disappointing end to their year in power Obama's HHS secretary could testify in Menendez trial MORE (D-Nev.) is slamming Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGun proposal picks up GOP support Children’s health-care bill faces new obstacles Dems see Trump as potential ally on gun reform MORE, suggesting the Kentucky Republican is leading his party toward GOP presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump pens op-ed on kindergartners learning tech Bharara, Yates tamp down expectations Mueller will bring criminal charges Overnight Cybersecurity: Equifax security employee left after breach | Lawmakers float bill to reform warrantless surveillance | Intel leaders keeping collusion probe open MORE
"As each day passes, the Republican leader continues to transform his caucus into the party of Donald Trump," Reid said Wednesday. "This is a path the Republican leader has chosen for his party, a path of demagoguery and lapsed constitutional duties, a path he forged which led to the rise of Donald Trump."
Reid's comments are his latest in a series of daily rhetorical attacks against McConnell and other top Republican lawmakers for refusing to give President Obama's forthcoming Supreme Court pick a hearing or a vote. 
Reid on Wednesday chastised McConnell, suggesting that the Kentucky Republican is refusing to cut ties with Trump and that "all he cares about is appeasing Trump's lead in the party ... and Trump's radical followers." 
While McConnell has distanced himself from some of Trump's proposals, he's also been careful to not weigh into the presidential fight or comments from Trump and other candidates. 
Asked Tuesday if senators could be "good" Republicans without supporting the nominee, McConnell reiterated his months-long stance that he will support the eventual GOP nominee. 
Reid on Wednesday also doubled down on his criticism of Sen. John CornynJohn CornynGun proposal picks up GOP support House bill set to reignite debate on warrantless surveillance Republicans jockey for position on immigration MORE (R-Texas) after the Senate's No. 2 Republican suggested that Obama's pick to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia would be treated like a "piñata." 
"That's nothing more than a thinly veiled threat," Reid said, noting that piñatas get "smashed repeatedly with a baseball bat." 
Cornyn on Tuesday defended comments made earlier this week, saying he wouldn't be "preached to" by Reid and other Democrats after they triggered the "nuclear" option in 2013 and allowed many judicial nominations to clear the Senate with a simple majority.