Republican Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee Excuses Josh Duggar Molesting His Sisters



Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, whose slogan is “From hope to higher ground – Huckabee 2016”, shared his support for the Duggar family Friday morning on Facebook saying that Josh Duggar molesting his sisters was not unforgivable and blaming the “blood-thirsty media” who are “sensationalizing” the story by reporting it :

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. Those who have enjoyed revealing this long ago sins in order to discredit the Duggar family have actually revealed their own insensitive bloodthirst, for there was no consideration of the fact that the victims wanted this to be left in the past and ultimately a judge had the information on file destroyed—not to protect Josh, but the innocent victims. Janet and I love Jim Bob and Michelle and their entire family. They are no more perfect a family than any family, but their Christian witness is not marred in our eyes because following Christ is not a declaration of our perfection, but of HIS perfection. It is precisely because we are all sinners that we need His grace and His forgiveness. We have been blessed to receive God’s love and we would do no less than to extend our love and support for our friends. In fact, it is such times as this, when real friends show up and stand up. Today, Janet and I want to show up and stand up for our friends. Let others run from them. We will run to them with our support.

Huckabee tells you that “Good people make mistakes and do regrettable and even disgusting things” and yet, as I pointed out last night on Twitter, Republicans are the first to point the finger at minorities, especially black people, and call them thugs for no reason.


This is problematic because it is white privilege in action. We are to assume that Josh Duggar made a “mistake” (many “mistakes” since this happened many times), but a minority wearing a hoodie in a white neighborhood is justification for killing according to many Republicans. In fact, Huckabee scolds us, “It is precisely because we are all sinners that we need His grace and His forgiveness.” Insert white youth, because according to Republicans this same forgiveness does not automatically apply to black youths.

Huckabee shows that he isn’t even thinking about the victims with this paltry justification.

Josh Duggar’s parents turned to a man later put in prison for child pornography when they went to “police”. Predictably, that man and the Duggars agreed that Josh should not have any formal punishment. Rather, Josh Duggar was sent to work on a construction site in order to “get help”.

Many teenagers do things that cause irreparable harm. Molestation is one of them. It often is a life sentence for the victim, who is four times more likely to contemplate suicide, so while it’s great that Josh got to go on to a happy adulthood, his victims may not all be enjoying theirs as much. RAINN explains, “Survivors of sexual abuse and assault are three times more likely to suffer from depression, and six times more likely to suffer from PTSD.”

Huckabee claims that Josh has gone on to live a responsible life, but of course, Huckabee can’t know this. And it isn’t really the point.

The point is that Josh Duggar’s parents knew that their son had molested several of his sisters – some in their sleep – and they did not protect those girls. They let Josh live in the home where his sisters slept. No one has mentioned getting the girls any help. Why is that?

Oh, because, Mike Huckabee tells us, the victims wanted it to be kept silent. So all of this victim silencing and protecting of the abuser was done for the victims’ sake.

And it is now the media’s fault that the girls are hurt, according to Mike Huckabee. Our “bloodthirst” is apparently much worse and more unforgivable than molesting a child.

The final Huckabee scolding comes with the guilt trip that his family are running to the Duggars to support them, when everyone else is running away, as if to claim some Christ-like superiority for forgiveness.

Of course, that might sound legitimate if we buy Huckabee’s attempt to equate forgiveness with continuing to put victims at risk and a failure to hold the abuser legally accountable for his criminal behavior.

Is this Huckabee’s version of “higher ground”? Higher ground for whom? Why is Josh Duggar above the law? Why did the Duggar family leave these girls in the home with their abuser? There is no excuse for this, and that is why I urge you to sign our petition to demand that TLC take the Duggars off of the air.

Molestation is wrong no matter who does it. Mike Huckabee is defending a child molester and chastising the media for shining some light on his criminal deeds.

67 Replies to “Republican Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee Excuses Josh Duggar Molesting His Sisters”

  1. And thus we have: The Doctrine of Forgiveness- which apparently only applies to Right Wing Christians.

    Democrats need not apply.

    So much for hedging their bets. Forgive, Forget, get Fooled again.

  2. What do you expect from someone that hangs around Ted Nugent. Proving the old adage that birds of a feather….

  3. Has anybody else noticed that the same people who are now going out of their way to excuse Josh Duggar’s behavior because he was “an underage teen” whose “judgment is not mature” are the same people who were calling twelve-year-old Tamir Rice a “young man” and arguing that he should have known better than to walk around in public playing with a toy gun?

  4. Mike Brown, Freddie Grey, Eric Garner made mistakes too, only they weren’t forgiven by Presidential candidates, they were murdered.

  5. If I was a republican, hold up, I had to go wash my ass to get that stink off, anyway I would see this as a Sister Soulja moment.

    They could condemn the Dugger grifters and it wont cost them any votes with the fake jesus loving cult and moderates might just listen to them in what they have to say.

    But nooooooooooooo they are too stupid to realize it and just will double down in protecting child molesters

  6. Huckabee is practicing SELECTIVE CONDEMNATION AND DAMNATION. Wasn’t he the one who scolded Mrs. Obama for having her kids watch or listen to Beyonce’s video? He alluded to the fact that Mrs. Obama was not good at parenting if she allowed her daughters to watch and listen to the lyrics in Beyoncé’s song. Tsk, TSK–HYPOCRIT. As usual with these Evangelical Fire and Brimstone preachers. So here he defends the honor of a teenage child molester, a sicko pervert. They don’t change their stripes you know. So Huckabee should preach another angle.

  7. Why doesn’t the Reichwing “forgive” President Obama for the “sin” of being President while Black?

  8. A judge can decide to destroy records? What relationship does this judge have with the Duggars?

    And I wouldn’t call going to a now convicted pedophile sheriff seeking help, what a load of bs Huckabee.

  9. Republicans on the whole are douchebags, who
    has not read of the rethug congressperson who has an anti abortion agenda yet made his wife and mistress have abortions.
    I have a feeling Rubio has a few crooked things in the closet, some shady debts and financial dealings. Then there is squinty Walker who has lots of legal problems, not to mention dear old Crispy Creme!

  10. No help or protection for the girls.
    No punishment for the molester.
    Where were the parents ??

    They were busy with the cover-up
    & making $$$

  11. OMG!!! I didn’t realize he molested his sisters…At 12 yo, you know better than that…Maybe he thought if daddy can do it to Mommy, its fine if i do it with my sissy…This family is SICK!!! then they sent him to a man later sent him to someone later jailed for porn….

  12. Using Huckabee’s reasoning, a mistake is something you do once, maybe twice, and learn from it. Duggar had several victims. Child molestation isn’t a mistake, its a crime.

  13. REAL Christians believe in ‘restorative justice’ that yes, brings the offender back into society. HOWEVER, it requires not just penalties but restoration for the VICTIMS which, in Duggar’s case, is NOWHERE in evidence.

    They are disgusting creeps. There is nothing restored here other than his income as a promoter of faux ‘morality’. RW Dominionists believe that spouting morality trumps personal immorality every day of the week. You can BE as perverted as you want so long as you point fingers at everyone else they don’t like.

    Despicable people, despicable perversion of justice. I hope the Duggar girls rise up together and denounce the whole, damned thing. AND their smarmy brother.

  14. The problem – actually one of many – is the parents/enablers of the doer are also the parents of the victims. There is no thought here for the little girls who were molested – none at all. It’s as if they don’t exist or their feelings don’t matter. Which is actually how these sick fuckers raised their 19 kids.

    No sex education, the older children “responsible” for the younger ones, the glorification of the domination of males over females could only have led to this outcome. Evidently the oldest Duggar daughter has chosen not to marry and I wonder how much of that lies with being one of the sexually abused?

    Above all, in this world, I deplore hypocrites. And the whole Duggar family are hypocrites…or victims of hypocrites.

  15. How long has their show been on TLC? I’ve never watched, but I read that at one point they lived in a 3 bedroom home with I don’t know how many kids, all to fill their so called quiver. Ugh. Then to make money off having so many children. What did they share with the children about how babies are made? Probably nothing.

  16. Didn’t I see a post here the other day about how Ted Kennedy had redeemed himself after, as an adult, allowing a woman to slowly drown and never getting punished for it?

  17. They didn’t go to the authorities until it was too late to prosecute. Is that the “christian” thing to do? They protected the abuser over the victims. Is that the “christian” thing to do? They didn’t make sure the abuser got counseling. Is that the “christian” thing to do? How “christian” are you F*ckabee? “Christian” enough to condone this?

  18. “…has gone forward to live a responsible and circumspect life as an adult is testament to his family’s authenticity and humility.”
    Who says he has gone forward to do any such thing? We don’t know that, do we?

    Huckabee is vile.

  19. These so called xtians are really creepy. This little duggar jerk molested 5 girls that he admitted to. There were probably more. Now he has 2 young daughters. He at least deserves a visit from Childrens Services.

    Huckleberry is just a grifter. And an ignorant one at that. Of course, he identifies with bad parenting. After all, he raised a son who likes to torture and kill innocent animals.

  20. Funny. I don’t recall anything of that. Would you care to cite it?

    Or are you just going to pull it out of the air like you so very often?

    And for the Record- I feel that Teddy should’ve been made to share the fate the Mary Jo Kopechne did.

  21. How can anyone, I don’t what side of the political spectrum they’re on, condone child molestation?

    That’s what this sounds like and that’s appalling to me. Huckabee is already a greedy little grifter with a silver tongue. Now, we can add ‘he supports child molesters’ to the list of ‘Actions only a mentally challenged monkey would do’.

  22. The age of consent is differently defined in different states. A sixteen year old may be “underage” in one state and not another, for example.

  23. You have reported the information in your article inaccurately which lends you no credibility. Josh Duggar was more credible and honest than you are. So he who is without sin cast the first stone. You obviously do not have all the facts and details. Mike Huckabee did not support Josh’s wrongdoing, but he does support the family and the fact that Josh repented from his sinful behavior, changed and became a respectable responsible adult. Regarding molestation…he touched the girls, but he did not rape them. Big difference. Do you know how many little boys and girls touch each other in pre-school ? And how come you are not reporting about all the sex teaching to little elementary students and the sex on tv affecting kids, and the teaching of LGBT to kids ? You are such a hypocrite. You know what you are afraid of…God and being accountable for your own sins.

  24. Poor Josh. Everyone is picking on him. It’s a good thing that his supporters are shedding unnecessary tears for little girls he molested. /s

  25. Correction:

    Josh Duggar’s parents turned to a man a family friend (who was) later put in prison for child pornography when they went to “police”. Predictably, that man and the Duggars agreed that Josh should not have any formal punishment. Rather, Josh Duggar was sent to work on a construction site in order to “get help”.

  26. There is no god and that you would defend a molester and the family that covered it up to protect their gravy train shows what a depraved human being you are

  27. Thanks, so they started the show 2yrs after the molestation abuse and the show was probably in the works for a while. And now the statute of limitations has expired, how very convenient to sweep this all under the rug for as long as possible.

    I was reading how the Duggars were involved with scandal ridden Bill Gothard and his freaky cult organization, and how they used the practices of another cult called “lessons of moral failure” which basically blames the victims for bringing on the “moral failure” and not to go through normal channels of police authorities and getting outside help for anyone involved. Which is what they did with Josh and his sisters.

    So his sisters are now grown and some are married, I feel sorry for them.

  28. I’ve been wondering how many of those on the right who sidled up to the Duggars and got their pics taken with them, then tweeted the pics and posted them on their Facebook pages, are feeling after this information about Josh Duggar has emerged. Except for the hypocrite, liar, and fake Christian Huckabee, they’re awfully silent today. Palin, who never misses an opportunity to discuss her fake Christian values, hasn’t posted anything on Facebook supporting them. Gryphen at the Immoral Minority has pics of Palin and the Duggars which show how proud she was to be in their presence, but it appears that she has abandoned them in their “greatest hour of need.” LOL. I’m thinking that a lot of phone calls and emails are being exchanged between the Duggars and their high profile supporters, and that they’re working on a plan to “fight back” against the “liberal media.”I’m also expecting someone to set up a gofundme page very soon to help “poor persecuted Josh” pay his bills.

  29. “Josh repented from his sinful behavior, changed and became a respectable responsible adult. ”
    Neither you nor Huckabee has any way of knowing that this statement is true so your comment is worthless.

  30. Google “Lessons of Moral Behavior”, this is what they practiced. It basically protects the purpetrators and situations are handled inhouse, which seems very illegal to me.

    Also, google Bill Gathard and the Duggars, what a tangled web they’ve woven.

  31. There are MISSING AND EXPLOITED CHILDREN, all over the world…crying to be saved and families searching tirelessly for them to be found and saved and brought back home….And this is what is getting all the media attention????

    AS for Josh Duggar…well,simply take note and protect yourself and your children for ALL potential harms.

  32. Huckabee probably never had any chance, but this will sink whatever hopes he had and probably end his campaign before they get to a debate. That’s one less candidate to draw out Republican voters.

    JEB is almost in the same situation. The difference is that he starts from a better position in the Republican pack. Still, if he holds to the Duggar position too long he too will be out.

    What Huckabee forgot to say, and any decent person would, is that the guy needs help and might find it in jail.

  33. Huckabee is probably done. I doubt he will be able to hold on until even the first Republican debate. JEB starts from a better position, but if he holds to his support for Duggar he too will be finished.

  34. I’m glad I’m a Republican. Not from this article but from what you idiots say in your comments. You say republicans are racist well look at your own posts. Republicans are true americans! We love this country and fight for this country and all you do is belly ache about bullshit. Love this country or don’t but shut up!

  35. From reading John Shore’s blog and other articles this sort of insular group just breeds this sort of abuse. Shore wrote several articles leading up to an independent investigation at the Independant Baptist university and the culture of abuse. My skin just crawled went I read this first article.

    There’s a whole series calling out the leaders and discussing the culture of abuse. The responses from IB’s is quite telling. Huckabee and the Duggars are just a small part of a seriously messed up group of people.

  36. You mean the man who never convicted of letting a womN slowly drown in her car? You mean the one who demanded that women get birth control?
    Nope, I don’t recall us letting you try the Benghazi BS eithet!

  37. I am disgusted by this story. What is wrong with these people?
    It is OK for evangelicals to sexually abuse girls?
    Where is the outrage at these parents?
    To allow this young man to abuse their daughters and do nothing about it?

    These people make me sick.

  38. I am glad I am a Democrat! Erica, you are living proof that Republicans are racist! Yes we’re calling Duggar out! With the same voice that booed Bill,Cosby! You folks love your country! Well guess what! It is not just your country! It is mine too! Until you face that fact, you are nothing but a liar!

  39. So, you are using the ” everybody does it ” excuse? Let’s focus on the missing children so we don’t face the fact that we have molestors next door!
    Do me a favor: keep your misguided priorities to yourself! That sort of hipocracy is catching!

  40. Show me the innacurate part of the story! Cue the crikkets! All this time you have tried to convince us of the evils of homosexuality! Do you know what gay men do to child molestors? Let’s just say they don’t give them a TV show!
    For the record,I trust the author of this article! You on the other hand have a big credibility problem? I think it is high time some folks stop throwing stones before there is not a pane left in their glass houses!

  41. “Josh Duggar’s parents turned to a man later put in prison for child pornography when they went to “police”.

    I wonder if the “policeman” has videos of poor ‘widdle Joshy’ molesting any young girls?

  42. You hit the nail on the head! There is a sickness that makes every thing they do unquestionable! These folks and all Republicans should be avoided at all cost!
    I remember someone trying to defend Bill Cosby with the old” why didn’t they come out sooner! I reminded him of the “Blame the Victim ” strategy used on the current accuser! She spouted some right wing clap trap! I called BS! She was a Republican who claimed tp pay her own way while her children lived with their Democratic grand parents!

  43. The huckster is as vile and hypocritical as a modern Christian can be and there is plenty of competition.

  44. Think back to childhood…remember the kid who used to steal, lie, break stuff, or cheat the rules to win, etc.? And, when caught, always used the “yeah, but he/she did it tooooo”?, regardless whether true or not, PLUS, their parents got them off the hook?


    This is how they raise their off-spring so that they can “distinguish” themselves and, merge with the rest of their rat pack.

  45. I am astonished that anyone… conservative, liberal, christian, non-believer, republican, democrat, libertarian… could muster the gall to even attempt an explanation or forgiveness for such a despicable act. This is not a complicated issue… he molested children – his sisters – why are people, any people, trying to defend him? He needs to be labeled a sexual predator (cause he is) and be required to report his whereabouts forever… not live within the boundaries of schools, etc… whatever the requirement is for sexual predators, and remain on the list of sex criminals for the rest of his life. Want to forgive him, go right ahead…so long as he lives with the everyday consequences of his actions for the rest of his life. As for the parents…they should be in jail. Period. They are complicit in his behavior.

  46. Three words: Take. A. Hike.

    It’s people like you that gives our country a bad name. It’s people like you that makes us the butt of jokes worldwide.

    Basically saying that you support Republicans is tantamount to selling your soul to the devil.

    Oh, and ‘True Americans’ wouldn’t sell their souls to corporations that only care about their profit margin. ‘True Americans’ wouldn’t let the poor suffer because they are poor. ‘True Americans’ won’t let people suffer because they can’t afford health insurance. You see where I’m getting it, Curtis?

    You are no ‘True American’… all you are is a sheep in wolf’s clothing.

  47. When a nation refuses to accept 51% of its population as humans with rights and lives of their own, women’s and girls lives are seen as worth less than livestock.

    Religious intrusion into American politics has reduced its citizens to State property.

    So the fate of girls means nothing. Their lives a reconsidered less valuable than a single sperm.

    The victims here are being used as a plot device… grotesque.

  48. No, Holly, I haven’t noticed that. Please identify those you are referring to. Or was that just an attempt [Snipped]

  49. I’m curious… When the Angry Old Lady was just a [snipped] did she ever do anything wrong? Break any laws? Harm anyone (seriously, anyone) in any way? And did she ‘fess up to every one of those incidents and insist upon accepting responsibility, getting counseling (for herself and her victims) and making restitution in every case?

    Like I said, I’m curious….

  50. Who gives a damn what Huckabee thinks or says anyway? His following will have no impact on the election or the nomination.

  51. Diane, if you’re looking for outrage, you don’t have to look far. Read these comments. There’s plenty of outrage right here. Misinformed outrage, perhaps, but outrage nonetheless.

  52. Excuse Me, WTF has the right wing taken over this post! Standing up for the left is a crime? Being proud to be a Democrat? Because I see through Republican lies! Did I expose Robert and his ilk!? Oh! That was it! They got kicked off Daily Kos! Exposed as the trolls they are! Well, if that is the case: you’re welcome!

  53. “Love this country or don’t but shut up!”

    The true face of a Republican- Against Free Speech, when the free speech speaks truth.

  54. This family is disgusting and the molester son belongs behind bars, not raising three daughters! UGGGHH!!!!

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