Defending his veto of Arkansas’ anti-trans health care bill on Tuesday night, Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson refused to be bullied by Tucker Carlson—and rebuffed the Fox host’s attempts to fluster him with talking points and mischaracterizations.
Carlson has repeatedly used his top-rated show in recent months to attack trans kids and their parents, largely under the guise of wanting to prevent child abuse or protecting the sanctity of women’s sports.
In March, he tore into Republican South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem—a rising GOP star and potential presidential candidate—for “caving” to the NCAA by not signing a bill banning transgender women in sports. (Noem, who supports excluding transgender athletes, said the bill’s passage could lead to a long court battle that the state would eventually lose.)
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