‘Bye-bye Asa’: Trump Lashes Out at Arkansas GOP Governor for Supporting ‘CHEMICAL CASTRATION OF CHILDREN’ After vetoing bill banning hormones for transgender children
- Donald Trump claims he is the last of GOP Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has seen
- [T]Arkansas ‘lightweight RINO Governor, just vetoed a bill banning CHEMICAL CASTRATION OF CHILDREN,’ Trump said in a statement
- The attack refers to Hutchinson’s right to veto a bill that prohibits doctors from giving certain treatments to transgender children, such as hormone therapy
- On Tuesday, that Arkansas legislature overwhelmingly overturned the veto
- Trump also reiterated his support for Sarah Huckabee Sanders in her bid to become Arkansas’s next governor when Hutchinson ends his second term in 2022.
Donald Trump ripped into Arkansas governor on Thursday for allegedly backing “ chemical castration of children ” by vetoing a bill banning hormone treatment for transgender children.
“Asa Hutchinson, Arkansas’s lightweight RINO governor, has just vetoed a bill banning CHEMICAL CASTRATION OF CHILDREN,” Trump said in a statement under the letterhead of his Save America political action committee.
“ Bye Asa, ‘that’s the end of him!’ he added.
Trump has used emails through his PAC and Office of the 45th President to make statements expressing approvals and attacking defectors.
“RINO,” meaning “Republican in name only,” and has come to be known as a popular insult against GOP lawmakers and politicians, is a term Trump often uses against his critics and defectors.
The former president deemed Hutchinson’s career over and slipped in an endorsement from his former press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, in the statement.
Donald Trump released a statement on Thursday claiming that Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson supports ‘chemical castration of children’ and insisted his career is over, saying, ‘Bye Asa, that’s the end of him!’
Hutchinson vetoed a bill on Monday that would prohibit doctors from giving transgender children certain treatments, such as hormone therapy. His veto was overwhelmingly overturned by the Arkansas House and Senate on Tuesday
“Luckily for the Great State of Arkansas, Sarah Huckabee Sanders will do a fantastic job as your next governor!” Trump wrote.
It’s never been a question of whether Trump would publicly support his former spokesman, who left in July 2019 and was succeeded by Kayleigh McEnany. It was clear she was leaving the administration to spend more time with her family and reflect on her career after the White House.
Sanders officially announced on January 25, 2021 that she would run to become Arkansas’ next governor in the November 2022 election.
Hutchinson is in his second term, and the state of Arkansas has a two-term limit on governors.
Although a staunch Republican, Hutchinson has shared some views and made some decisions that go against established GOP perspectives – including his decision this week to go against his own state legislature.
On Tuesday, the Arkansas House and Senate, which are predominantly Republican, voted to override Hutchinson’s veto.
This means that Arkansas is now the first state to prohibit doctors from giving certain treatments to minors, such as an irreversible hormone treatment that can slow down, hinder or, in some cases, stop puberty.
Hutchinson vetoed the legislation on Monday, calling it “a massive government overrun.” He also claimed the bill was well-intentioned and predicted a successful vote.
In Trump’s statement, he also once again supported his former press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, in her bid to become Arkansas’ next governor when Hutchinson ends his second term in 2022.
The House voted 71 to 24 on Tuesday to lift the veto, followed shortly after by the Senate, 25 to 8 – although only a simple majority was needed in each chamber.
The bill will become law 90 days after the end of the parliamentary term, which currently ends April 30.
Currently, at least 16 states other than Arkansas are considering similar legislation aimed at treating children who identify as transgender.
Critics claim these laws will lead to more suicides, while supporters believe it will protect minors from taking medical measures – usually permanent – that they will later regret as adults or teenagers.