Each of the Republican candidates have taken photos with Josh Duggar, and after the recent scandal in which it was revealed that as a teenager, Josh Duggar diddled five girls, including his sisters, Mike Huckabee defended the family saying, “Good people make mistakes and do regrettable and even disgusting things.”
Only one of the candidates, Rick Santorum, said he was ‘sickened’ by the recent revelations.
According to ABC, the endorsements of Huckabee by members of the Duggar family disappeared from the former Arkansas governor’s campaign website this week just prior to Josh Duggar’s parents’ revealing details of his sexual misconduct.
The Huckabee campaign said they were always meant to come down.
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s photographs and words of endorsement had appeared prominently on the homepage of Mike Huckabee’s campaign website since the beginning of his run for president last month. The couple, who along with their 19 children starred in TLC’s reality show “19 Kids and Counting,” have defended themselves amid harsh criticism over allegations their eldest son, Josh Duggar, 27, molested five underage girls when he was a teenager.
Their photos had been at the top of seven that appeared on the right side of Huckabee’s homepage under the label, “I Like MIKE.”
“America needs Governor Huckabee for president!” Jim Bob Duggar was quoted as saying.
“Governor Huckabee is a man of faith who is very wise, and will help get our nation back on track,” read Michelle Duggar’s endorsement.
A campaign spokesperson told ABC News that the website’s developers “always intended for the graphics to rotate out at the first of each month.” The photos appeared on the site as recently as Monday, June 1, according to an archived version of the page on the Internet Archive.
“The old ones were routed out on June 1,” the spokesperson said. “That has always been the plan.”
The Duggars endorsed Huckabee’s first presidential run in 2008, and Rick Santorum’s in 2012.
When KATV asked him whether the Duggars would join him on the campaign trail, Huckabee said, “I don’t know. It will be up to them. Ask them, I don’t know.”
Josh once referred to his family as, “the epitome of conservative values.”
Huckabee claims the media reports on the Duggars’ astounding hypocrisy are just an attempt to try to ‘discredit the family.’
Jim Bob tried to defend Josh saying he touched the girls for “just a few seconds” and said some of the girls were asleep when it happened.
As for Huckabee saying that good people do “disgusting things,” one has to wonder who will be featured in his next photo-op.
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