GOP governor clashes with Tucker Carlson over veto of bill to block trans youth health care

Fox News host Tucker CarlsonTucker CarlsonDon Lemon defends Tucker Carlson amid confrontation video Fox News blasts 'ambush' of Carlson at Montana fly-fishing store Psaki says Biden admin 'needs' Fox News in order to fight vaccine misinformation MORE sparred with Arkansas Gov. Asa HutchinsonAsa HutchinsonArkansas governor to ask state legislature to allow masks in schools Judge orders Arkansas to resume pandemic unemployment benefits What you need to know about the new COVID-19 surge MORE (R) over the governor's decision to veto a bill passed by the state legislature that would have blocked health care to transgender youth in the state. 

Carlson, before interviewing Hutchison, argued the bill would put a stop to services that in his view amount to "chemical castration" of children and facilitate "gender reassignment" procedures.

“If this had been a bill that simply prohibited chemical castration, I would have signed the bill,” Hutchinson said. “But Tucker, as you know, this bill was over-broad. It was extreme. It went far beyond what you just said.”


In vetoing the bill this week, Hutchison said it would be "creating new standards of legislative interference with physicians and parents as they deal with some of the most complex and sensitive matters dealing with young people," and therefore he could not support it. 

Hutchison said "tough decisions" arise for families when it comes to obtaining health care for transgender children, but from a policy standpoint, he said he defers to "William Buckley and Ronald Reagan" and a Republican Party view of limited government.

It was with these principles in mind, Hutchinson said, that he voted the bill. 

"Tucker, you're a conservative, you have a great background in that. Where are we getting back to the limited role of government that we don't have to invoke ourselves in every societal position out there?" the governor asked. "Let's limit the role of government. Let's let parents and doctors make decisions." 

Carlson pressed Hutchison again, rhetorically asking "Why don't we let 18 year olds drink beer in Arkansas? Why don't we allow them to get tattoos? Why don't we allow 15 year olds to get married?" 

Hutchison shot back that the state's elected leaders do not always "necessarily make the right judgements for parents and for doctors on those sensitive issues." 
Later, he said he opposed the fact that the bill would not have grandfathered in existing transgender children who would then be at risk of losing their health care.
"I don't think that's treating those kids or their parents or their health care providers fairly or equally," Hutchison said. 
"Alright," Carlson ended the segment. "That's the conservative position."