Republican Presidential Candidate Defends 'Honest and Open' Duggar Family

Recently TLC pulled the plug on "19 Kids and Counting" amid reports of reality TV star Josh Duggar's alleged past sexual abuse incidents that took place in 2002 and 2003. Josh Duggar also resigned from his position at the conservative Christian Family Research Council on May 21. Duggar posted an apology on Facebook saying:

"Twelve years ago, as a young teenager I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends."

Friends with the Duggar family, 2016 Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee came to the family's defense by posting this on his Facebook page on May 22:

"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 (sic) 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."

In Touch Weekly cited a 2006 Springdale, Arkansas report, which was not destroyed by a judge. In it, it says that Jim Bob Duggar, confronted his son about his sexual abuse allegations, but did not notify law enforcement until 2003.

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