Reid: McConnell silence on Trump 'speaks volumes'
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Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidDems open to killing filibuster in next Congress Webb: Questions for Robert Mueller Steyer's impeachment solution is dead wrong MORE (D-Nev.) knocked Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell challenger faces tougher path after rocky launch Funding a strong defense of our nation's democratic process can't wait The Hill's Morning Report: Trump walks back from 'send her back' chants MORE (R-Ky.) Monday for repeatedly sidestepping questions about the presumptive GOP White House nominee.

"Just yesterday the Republican leader refused to say if Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpLiz Cheney: 'Send her back' chant 'inappropriate' but not about race, gender Booker: Trump is 'worse than a racist' Top Democrat insists country hasn't moved on from Mueller MORE is qualified to be president. His silence speaks volumes," Reid said from the Senate floor.

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McConnell — who often dodges Trump questions at his weekly press conferences — demurred during an interview with ABC's "This Week" when pressed if he thinks the presumptive GOP nominee is qualified to be president.

"I'll leave that to the American people to decide," McConnell said Sunday.

The GOP is defending 24 Senate seats in November, including a handful in states previously carried by Obama. Like many GOP lawmakers, McConnell has tried to create distance from Trump without alienating the businessman's legion of supporters.

Reid routinely uses the Senate floor to lash out at McConnell and GOP senators for refusing to cut ties with Trump. He said Monday it's "appalling" that Republicans are refusing to fill the current Supreme Court vacancy.

"Republicans continue to block our justice system from functioning so this disqualified bigot can reshape the Supreme Court in his image," Reid added.

Dozens of GOP senators have met with President Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, but they largely argue the next president should replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Only two — Sens. Mark KirkMark Steven KirkAdvocates push for EpiPens on flights after college student's mid-flight allergic reaction Funding the fight against polio Ex-GOP Sen. Kirk registers to lobby MORE (Ill.) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsPoll: McConnell is most unpopular senator Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers struggle to understand Facebook's Libra project | EU hits Amazon with antitrust probe | New cybersecurity concerns over census | Robocall, election security bills head to House floor | Privacy questions over FaceApp Trump angry more Republicans haven't defended his tweets: report MORE (Maine) — back giving him a hearing.