Politics

U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell said he’s not concerned about the protests across the country that were sparked by the election of Donald Trump as the next president.

The senator told reporters on Friday that he doesn’t think anyone should be “unduly alarmed” by the anti-Trump protests that have erupted around the country since Election Day.

On Thursday night, hundreds of people peacefully protested Trump’s election in downtown Louisville. The group chanted, marched and held signs disavowing the president-elect that many have called misogynistic, racist and homophobic.

McConnell was asked about it during a news conference Friday at the University of Louisville.

“Going back to the beginning of this country, we’ve had pretty open ability to complain about whatever you want to and it’s about as American as apple pie,” he said. “People are free to express themselves and I don’t think we ought to be unduly alarmed by it.”

McConnell also talked about his Thursday meeting with President-elect Trump in Washington.

One of Trump’s first expected actions when he takes office in January will be to nominate someone to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court. McConnell wouldn’t say if he’s advocating for a particular candidate.

“President Trump will make a selection and the Senate will act on it expeditiously,” said McConnell.

McConnell said he also expects a major overhaul of the tax system next year, and that he asked Trump to move swiftly in approving construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

Rick Howlett is WFPL's Broadcast Managing Editor and also produces feature and general assignment radio stories.