Wednesday’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” host Tucker Carlson responded to his fiery Wednesday conversation with Arkansas Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson after the governor vetoed a bill that would have made Natural State the first to ban sex-confirming hormone therapy and surgery.
Carlson said Hutchinson, who is time-limited, vehemently claimed he did not confer with any of Arkansas’ mega-companies or elites, such as the Walton family – the founders of WalMart, Tyson Foods or Dillard’s.
“Tucker, I answered that question and I said, no I have not,” Hutchinson said Tuesday.
Carlson, however, pointed to a statement released by Thomas Walton, a son of WalMart founder Sam Walton, brother of the recent former WalMart chairman S. Robson Walton, and a committee chairman of the Walton Family Foundation:
We are concerned about the range of policies targeted at LGBTQ people in Arkansas. This trend is harmful and sends the wrong message to those who are willing to invest in or visit our state. We support Government Asa Hutchinson̵7;s recent veto on discriminatory policies and urge government, business and community leaders to consider the impact of existing and future policies that restrict fundamental freedoms and do not promote inclusivity in our society and economy.
Our nation was built on inalienable rights and strengthened by individual differences. Arkansas has been called the land of opportunity because it is a place where anyone can think big and achieve the extraordinary. Any policy that limits individual opportunity also limits the potential of our state. “
Carlson, who characterized the operation that the bill would have banned as “chemical castration,” said Hutchinson was “quite final” in his statement.
“We had to take his word for it. He was very emphatic. It looks like we put this, lie,” Carlson continued.
“The day we spoke to him, the Walton family actually approved his decision to veto the bill passed by the legislature – not just any family, the richest family in the world and, of course, the most powerful family in the state of Arkansas. They wanted Asa Hutchinson to know that he had done exactly what they wanted him to do. “
“If Walmart wants to sell a lifetime supply of drugs to trans-teens, it would be nice if you could veto legislation and similar bills,” the host commented.
Carlson added that he spoke with a source who claimed that when he left the governor, “he would very much like to have a board seat” in the company Bentonville, Ark.
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“Just a few days ago, he appeared on this network to admit that before making any decisions on transgender issues, he first considered what big global companies think,” he continued, before playing a clip of a March interview, which Hutchinson gave:
“We are home to some big global companies here in Arkansas, they are certainly concerned about the image of our state, but we are trying to send the signal that you can protect the conscience, you can protect the girls in sports without being discriminatory,” the governor said. .
The host said these comments could be translated to mean that companies in the state “care less about the children” in it, and that he hopes these actions will not lead to them “continuing to be chemically castrated by quack doctors.”
Fox News’ Yael Halon contributed to this report.