Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson just pulled a Kristi Noem. Not only did the governor veto a measure on Monday to ban genital mutilation and hormone treatments for minors — which was overridden on Tuesday by the majority-Republican legislature — but he went on Fox News Tuesday evening and made a fool of himself. He doubled down.
In relying on the fact that the passage of the Save Adolescents From Experimentation Act, HB 1570, makes Arkansas the first state to ban doctors from administering hormone treatment and puberty blockers to children, Hutchinson attempted to convince Tucker Carlson it was an example of government overreach. “This goes way too far,” Hutchinson said.
Carlson asked Hutchinson a fairly simple question: “Why do you think it’s important for conservatives to make certain that children can block their puberty, [and] be chemically castrated? Why is that a conservative value?” The governor’s response shows just how out-of-touch he is with reality. Or, as many conservatives