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Trump blasts Arkansas GOP governor over veto of transgender bill

“Asa Hutchinson, the lightweight RINO Governor of Arkansas, just vetoed a Bill that banned the CHEMICAL CASTRATION OF CHILDREN,” Trump said in a statement Tuesday. “’Bye-bye Asa,’” that’s the end of him!  Fortunately for the Great State of Arkansas, Sarah Huckabee Sanders will do a fantastic job as your next Governor!” 


Hutchinson has defended his action on the bill calling it a measure that went beyond the responsibilities of government.


“While in some instances the state must act to protect life, the state should not presume to jump into the middle of every medical, human and ethical issue,” he said Monday. “This would be — and is — a vast government overreach.”


Hutchinson, a Republican, is term limited. He has often positioned himself as a more traditional conservative amid a groundswell of support for populist candidates like Trump within the GOP. 


“From what I’ve heard, he just doesn’t view this as a conservative governing policy,” one Arkansas political strategist told The Hill this week. “He views it as the government trying to push policies on people’s lives, and it may be a fundamental disagreement between the conservative wing of the party and the more pragmatic wing.”


Sanders left her post at the White House during the Trump administration in 2019 to return to her home state of Arkansas, at the time only teasing her own run for office.


“Thank you President Trump for your endorsement and for always believing in me,” Sanders said after Trump endorsed her after she announced her official run in January. “As governor I will defend our freedom and lead with heart.” 

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