On the April 21 edition of Fox Nation’s Tucker Carlson Today, Hillsdale College visiting research scholar Glenn Ellmers falsely suggested that best practice medical care for trans youth allows people to “basically molest and abuse children.” Host Tucker Carlson agreed with Ellmers' falsehood and lied that trans youth are undergoing “genital mutilation and chemical castration.”
In reality, gender-affirming medical care for trans youth is accepted as a safe, effective, and lifesaving treatment that is widely supported by medical professionals and yields mental health benefits. Nevertheless, state legislatures across the country are introducing anti-trans bills that seek to ban health care for trans youth.
Ellmers’ and Carlson’s false claims came during a discussion of Arkansas Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s veto of the state’s bill criminalizing best practice health care for trans youth. (The legislature overturned his veto and passed the law.) In the wake of his veto, Hutchinson appeared on Tucker Carlson Tonight on April 6, and Carlson has since attacked him several times.
Carlson regularly spreads dangerous rhetoric -- including spreading medical misinformation about health care for trans youth -- in line with Fox News’ other coverage that dehumanizes the trans community, including claims that affirming trans youth will sexualize kids or lead to children being able to “consent for sexual activity.”