Washington (CNN) — Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid blasted Republicans Thursday for being responsible for the rise of Donald Trump -- tying his Capitol Hill rivals Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan to the GOP front-runner.

"They should both put on 'Make America Great Again' hats and stand behind Trump at his next press conference. Be a mini-(Chris) Christie, I guess," Reid said, referencing the New Jersey governor's endorsement of Trump....

"When Trump calls immigrants rapists and murderers, he's just doing what he's learned from generations of conservatives," Reid said. "The Republican Party has become the party of Trump."