Despite evidence to the contrary, GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee claims he never supported Josh Duggar.
During a recent interview with Iowa radio host Simon Conway, Huckabee was asked how he could continue to stand by Josh Duggar after it was revealed Duggar had sexually molested his younger sisters and a young neighbor while he was still a teenager.
Yet despite public posts Huckabee made in support of the disgraced former reality TV star and former conservative Christian darling, the Republican presidential candidate claimed that he never defended or supported the oldest son in the 19 Kids and Counting family. Huckabee said:
I really didn’t support Josh. I supported his parents, if you’ll go back and look at what I said. There’s no support for what he did…I think in subsequent months, as more things came out, what he did was despicable, it was dishonest. He did some things that totally defy everything he supposedly stood for. But he certainly defied what his parents not only have stood for, but continue to. So my support was for his sisters, who were the real victims, I felt like they were being exploited by the media. The media didn’t care what was happening to them and the emotional trauma they were going through.
I’ve never defended Josh and I don’t defend him now because there’s nothing to defend. What he did was absolutely hideously wrong and despicable.
However, in a May 22 Facebook post, Huckabee in fact offered his support for Josh Duggar and his family after Duggar admitted to his history of child molestation and the sexual abuse he committed against his underage sisters. Huckabee wrote:
Janet and I want to affirm our support for the Duggar family. Josh’s actions when he was an underage teen are as he described them himself, ‘inexcusable,’ but that doesn’t mean ‘unforgivable.’ He and his family dealt with it and were honest and open about it with the victims and the authorities. No purpose whatsoever is served by those who are now trying to discredit Josh or his family by sensationalizing the story. Good people make mistakes and do regrettable and even disgusting things.
The reason that the law protects disclosure of many actions on the part of a minor is that the society has traditionally understood something that today’s blood-thirsty media does not understand—that being a minor means that one’s judgement is not mature. No one needs to defend Josh’s actions as a teenager, but the fact that he confessed his sins to those he harmed, sought help, and has gone forward to live a responsible and circumspect life as an adult is testament to his family’s authenticity and humility.
Huckabee’s claim that he never defended or supported Josh Duggar is dishonest. The fact is, Huckabee released a public Facebook post minimizing Duggar’s abusive behavior. Huckabee defended the sexual assault of children as the result of the immature judgment of a minor while characterizing the heinous abuse as a childhood indiscretion.
Bottom line: Huckabee did offer his support to Duggar, and to say otherwise is simply dishonest.
— Josh Duggar (@joshduggar) May 16, 2015