Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, said Monday that President Obama’s yet-to-be-named Supreme Court nominee would be like a “piñata.”
“I think they will bear some resemblance to a piñata,” Cornyn told reporters on Capitol Hill, according to CNN.
“What I don’t understand is how someone who actually wants to be confirmed to the Supreme Court would actually allow themselves to be used by the administration in a political fight that’s going to last from now until the end of the year,” Cornyn continued.
He also said there was “no guarantee, certainly, after that time they’re going to look as good as they did going in.”
Cornyn is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is on the front lines of the battle over whether Obama’s nominee to succeed the late Justice Antonin Scalia should be considered. He and other Republicans on the committee signed a letter vowing to not even host a hearing for Obama’s selection.
Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) condemned Cornyn’s “piñata” comment from the Senate floor Tuesday.
“They don’t know who the nominee is, they don’t know anything about the person, but they already have in their mind they are going to beat this person like a piñata,” Reid said, referencing the CNN story directly.
“It doesn’t matter what their education is, what their experience is. They’re going to beat him like a piñata. I think they’ve been listening to Donald Trump too much,” he added.