On Wednesday’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” host Tucker Carlson responded to his fiery interview Wednesday with Arkansas Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson after the governor vetoed a bill that would make Natural State the first to ban hormone treatment and surgery. gender. .
Carlson said Hutchinson, who is limited in office, has said he has not consulted with any megacorporation or elite in Arkansas, such as the Walton family, the founders of WalMart, Tyson Foods or Dillard’s.
“Tucker, I answered that question and I answered, no, I’m not,” Hutchinson said Tuesday.
However, Carlson cited a statement issued by Thomas Walton, son of WalMart founder Sam Walton, brother of former former WalMart chairman S. Robson Walton and chairman of a committee at the Walton Family Foundation:
We are concerned about the set of policies targeting LGBTQ people in Arkansas. This trend is harmful and sends the wrong message to those wishing to invest or visit our country. We support Governor Asa Hutchinson̵7;s recent veto on discriminatory policies and call on government, business and community leaders to consider the impact of existing and future policies that restrict fundamental freedoms and do not promote inclusion in our communities and economy.
Our nation has been built on inalienable rights and strengthened by individual differences. Arkansas is called the land of opportunity because it is a place where everyone can think big and achieve the extraordinary. Any policy that limits individual opportunities also limits the potential of our country. “
Carlson, who described the operation, which the bill would ban as “chemical castration,” said Hutchinson was “quite emphatic” in his statement.
“We had to take his word for it. He was very emphatic. It seems like we can say that by lying,” Carlson continued.
“On the day we spoke to him, in fact, the Walton family approved his decision to veto the bill that had been passed by the legislature – Not just every family, the richest family in the world and, of course, the most powerful family in the country. Arkansas. They wanted Asa Hutchinson to know that he had done exactly what they wanted him to do. “
“If Walmart is going to sell trans-youth drugs for life, it would be good if you could veto the legislation and any such bills,” the host commented.
Carlson added that he spoke to a source who said that when the governor left office, “he would very much like a seat on the board” at Bentonville Corporation, Ark.
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“He only appeared on the network a few days ago to admit that before making any decisions on transgender issues, he first considers what the world’s major corporations think,” he continued, before releasing a clip from a March interview. which Hutchinson gave:
“We are home to some big global corporations here in Arkansas, they are certainly worried about the image of our country, but we are trying to send the signal that you can protect your conscience, you can protect girls in sports without being discriminatory. “, said the governor.
The host said these comments could be translated to mean that state corporations “care less about the children” in them and that he hoped these actions would not lead to “continuing to be chemically castrated by charlatan doctors “.
Yael Halon of Fox News contributed to this report.