Jon Stewart, Arkansas AG go at it over trans minors: ‘That’s an incredibly made up figure’

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Comedian Jon Stewart opted for snark over sanity in a tense debate with Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge where, surprise surprise, he put his feelings ahead of facts baselessly countering her argument exclaiming, “Wow! That’s an incredibly made-up figure.”

The exchange first premiered as a tease for the second season of Stewart’s Apple TV+ show “The Problem with Jon Stewart” which launched Friday with the full interview between the comedian and the attorney general.

The crux of the argument was over Arkansas’ Save Adolescents From Experimentation (SAFE) Act which seeks to ban so-called “gender affirming care” for minors which has been held up in court and will be on trial before the 8th Circuit Court on Oct. 17.

“Why would the state of Arkansas step in to override parents, physicians, psychiatrists, endocrinologists, who have developed guidelines? Why would you override those guidelines?” Stewart began his argument taking the “Trust the experts” tact.

“Well, I think it’s important that all of those physicians, all of those experts–for every single one of them, there’s another expert to say we don’t need to allow children to be able to take those medications. That there are many instances where-” Rutledge offered before being interrupted.

“But you know that’s not true,” the comedian tried. “You know it’s not ‘for everyone, there’s one.’”

Undeterred, the AG went on, “We had plenty of people come and testify before legislature who said that we have 98 percent of the young people who have gender dysphoria…that they are able to move past that. And once they have the help that they need, no longer suffer from gender dysphoria. 98 percent.”

“Wow,” Stewart oozed sarcasm as he placed his head in his hand. “That’s an incredibly made-up figure. That doesn’t comport with any of the studies or documentation that exists from these medical organizations. What medical association are you talking about, of these doctors?”

While Rutledge was unprepared to provide the sources to support her data, she offered, “We have all of that in our legislative history and we’ll be glad to provide that to you. I don’t have the name of that off the top of my head.” But  the fact remained that Stewart did not provide any support to his claim that her figure was “incredibly made up.”

In fact, in a piece written by Ryan T. Anderson, a Ph.D. who in addition to marriage, religious liberty and political philosophy specializes in bioethics, the argument was presented that “the best studies of gender dysphoria show that between 80 and 95 percent of children who express a discordant gender identity will come to identify with their bodily sex if natural development is allowed to proceed.”

Other studies have shown the number to be as high as 98 percent as suggested by Rutledge whereas a University of Toronto study found close to 88 percent of those diagnosed with gender dysphoria “were classified as desisters” going on to return to their natural orientation.

Of course, Stewart couldn’t leave the debate without trying to vilify conservatives as he went on to contend that making children wait until adulthood to make an irreversible life-altering decision would lead to suicide after weakly trying to liken the SAFE Act to blocking vital treatments like those to manage pediatric cancer.

“Parents with children who have gender dysphoria have lost children to suicide and depression,” Stewart pointed out. While that statement is true, he did not follow that fact with the broader context as Anderson presented where, for the high rate of suicide attempts among those suffering from gender dysphoria–a rate of 41 percent compared to the general population at 4.6 percent, it was noted “that people who have had transition surgery are 19 times more likely to die by suicide.”

Rutledge went on to apologize for her lack of readiness for the discussion telling the host, “I apologize I wasn’t prepared to have a Supreme Court argument today in front of you.”

The usual litany of leftist trolls came out raving over Stewart’s handling of the debate, but they were readily countered with reason, as the comedian himself would have been.



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Las Vegas News Magazine

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