Tucker Carlson spoke to Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday night to find out why he vetoed a bill that would have banned the medical gender transition of minors, including both surgery and chemical castration via so-called puberty blockers.
Hutchinson at the time said that he was not influenced by corporate interests in his decision. The legislature overruled Hutchinson's veto, and passed the bill, but Hutchinson stood firm. Carlson and his team wanted to know why, so they did some digging. It clearly wasn't because Hutchinson had availed himself of the facts surrounding the outcomes of medical gender transition in children.
"How exactly was Asa Hutchinson convinced that vetoing this bill was a good idea?" Carlson asks.
On Tuesday, Carlson asked if Hutchinson had spoken to any corporate interest in Arkansas about the bill, and Hutchinson said he had not. "It looks like he was, how to put this, lying," Carlson said.
The Walton family, which owns Walmart and Sam's Club, endorsed Hutchinson's decision to veto the bill barring medical gender transition in minors. The Walton family is very influential in Arkansas, and one the wealthiest families globally.
"They wanted Asa Hutchinson to know that he had done exactly what they wanted him to do. 'We support Gov. Asa Hutchinson's recent veto. Any policy that limits individual opportunity also limits our state's potential.'" Carlson quoted Walmart as saying.
He posited that Walmart's interest could have something to do with their pharmaceutical interests, something Jennifer Bilek at 11th Hour Blog has been speaking and writing about for some time.
Hutchinson, Carlson reported, is interested in obtaining a seat on the board of Walmart after his term as governor is over, which could be a reason as to why Hutchinson would bow to their wishes.
Carlson played a clip of Hutchinson saying that he was very interested in what major corporations in the state think of the plans for gender dysphoric youth in the state.
Hutchinson said "We're the home of some major global corporations here in Arkansas, they're certainly worried about the image of our state, but we're trying to send the signal that you can protect conscience, you can protect girls in sports, without being discriminatory and trying to say we're not diverse and tolerant of different lifestyles, and that's important for us as a state and what we're trying to achieve as a nation."
Carlson also dug into the impact of puberty blockers, which are known to cause premature aging, loss of bone density, stunted growth and other reproductive system problems, and have not been shown to actually decrease a person's feelings of gender dysphoria or inclination to self-harm.
"That study suggests the drugs don't help, they only hurt children's bodies," Carlson said, and went on to note further studies. He pointed to Tavistock in London, a gender clinic that was recently the focus of a lawsuit by a destransitioned woman, Keira Bell. That suit found that puberty blockers should not be given to children. Shortly after that ruling, the court found that parents could consent to the treatment on behalf of their minor-aged children.
"The limited research we do, have," Carlson said, "suggests that permanent life-altering treatments don't make gender dysphoria any better, in fact those drugs may make it worse."