Josh Duggar's Scandal Becomes a Presidential Issue

Are we ever going to see the end of this? Josh Duggar's sex scandal could be bigger than we ever thought, and just might end up affecting the presidency. Long-time Duggar friend and GOP candidate Mike Huckabee made a campaign stop in Iowa recently, and was accused by an audience member of being a hypocrite due to his association with the 19 Kids and Counting family.

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The former Arkansas governor and the Duggar family have frequently endorsed one another in the past, and it may be coming back to bite Huckabee in the butt. He publicly defended Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar in the months after a 2006 police report emerged last spring, in which five underage girls claimed to have been molested by Josh -- four of whom were his own sisters.

Democratic-aligned super PAC American Bridge captured the video exchange at an event in Clinton, Iowa, on Tuesday. "You supported them," a woman told Huckabee. "You supported them on your websites. When the Duggars came out and their son had molested the child [sic], you more or less said that you felt sorry for their parents. Their parents let it continue."

Although Huckabee has since denied ever defending Josh (especially after the married father of four got caught in the Ashley Madison hack and confessed to cheating on his wife Anna), he did make a show of saying that Josh's molestation charges were a youthful and "regrettable" mistake.

According to reports, Huckabee has quietly been removing his endorsements from the Duggars from his campaign site since the molestation bombshell dropped last spring.

Anyway, the audience member accused him of condoning child abuse, which he disagreed with. He responded, "Ma'am, let me tell you something ... You have no idea what you're talking about. You don't know that family and I do."

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He continued, "You cannot abuse, which is what you're doing, the reputation of a godly family who have been through hell because a son of theirs -- one of their many children -- did something evil."

Well at least he was able to finally call what Josh did "evil." But the audience member made a good point, and one which I think a lot of Americans agree with when it comes to Josh's molestation charges. His parents didn't do enough to get him the help he needed to get over his sexually deviant tendencies.

Mike Huckabee may not be defending Josh and his actions, but defending Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar on how they handled the situation just might end up costing him the nomination.

 

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