N.B.: the following emphasizes that the actions had been committed by a teen. It might be observed that had the police and prosecutors been involved, the culprit might have gone to jail.
You might have heard the news.
Josh Duggar of the TV show “19 Kids and Counting” has just admitted when he was a teenager he touched young girls in appropriately.
Some of the girls were actually his younger sisters.
The admission has made it so TLC has pulled the show from the air, and now controversy swirls around the entire family.
But now one potential Presidential Candidate is sounding off on the ordeal.
Western Journalism writes:
As Western Journalism reported this week, a member of the Duggar family – famous for starring in the TLC series 19 Kids and Counting – was forced to step down from his position at the Family Research Council and offer an apology amid allegations that he sexually assaulted four of his sisters.
In a subsequent statement, the Duggars asserted that the ordeal, which happened when Josh Duggar was just 14, has brought them closer to God. Nevertheless, the family looked up to by so many loyal viewers has sustained a major publicity blow that some say should spell the end of its popular reality series.
At least one ally remains firmly in the family’s corner, though. Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, who received an endorsement from the Duggar family recently, reacted to the news with a statement expressing his continued support for the family.
Acknowledging that Josh Duggar’s “actions when he was an underage teen are as he described them himself, ‘inexcusable,’” Huckabee explained that this does not mean he cannot be forgiven and redeemed.
“No purpose whatsoever is served by those who are now trying to discredit Josh or his family by sensationalizing the story,” Huckabee wrote. “Good people make mistakes and do regrettable and even disgusting things.”
Without justifying the act itself, the former Arkansas governor lamented the fact that many media outlets are defining a 27-year-old married father for what he did as an immature boy. Not only does such coverage reopen old wounds for Josh and his family, Huckabee explained; it does the same for his victims.
“No one needs to defend Josh’s actions as a teenager,” Huckabee continued, “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.”
It might be easy for former supporters to retreat from the family now mired in controversy; however, Huckabee said he and his wife refuse to distance themselves from their friends.
“Let others run from them,” he wrote. “We will run to them with our support.”