The governor of Arkansas defended his action on the legislation, which he considered as a measure that went beyond the responsibilities of government
STATEMENT. Trump referred to the situation in Arkansas / EFE
In a statement issued this week, former President Donald Trump lashed out at Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson after the official vetoed a bill that would have blocked proper medical care for the entity’s transgender youth.
In accordance with The Hill, the Republican took the opportunity to express his support for candidate Sarah Sanders, who was part of his team as press secretary.
“Asa Hutchinson, the lightweight Arkansas governor, just vetoed a bill that prohibits the chemical castration of children,” said Trump, calling Hutchinson a “Republican in name only.”
“Bye Asa, that’s the end of it! Fortunately for the Great State of Arkansas, Sarah Huckabee Sanders will do a fantastic job as its next governor.”
For his part, the governor of Arkansas defended his action on the legislation, which he considered as a measure that went beyond the responsibilities of government.
“While in some cases the state must act to protect life, the state should not presume to jump into the middle of all medical, human and ethical problems,” the official said Monday. “This would be, and is, a major government overreach.”
In February, Hutchinson assured that the Republican Party cannot allow Donald Trump to “define” the future of the party and assured that he would not offer his support in the event that the former president is presented as a candidate in the 2024 elections.
In an interview for the CNN news network, the official indicated that Trump “will define our party if we let him define our party. That is one of the reasons why my voice is important … the voice of others is important in this debate”.
“We cannot let it define us for the future because that would further divide our country and harm our Republican Party,” Hutchinson added.
Regarding his possible endorsement of Trump’s candidacy in the event that he points to the 2024 elections, the Arkansas governor replied: “No, I would not.”
Meanwhile, Sanders has made no secret of his gratitude to Trump, as he demonstrated last January when he announced his candidacy for Arkansas: “Thank you President Trump for your support and for always believing in me. As governor I will defend our freedom and lead with the heart”.