Josh Duggar has lost one of his biggest allies.
Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has stood by the sides of the Duggar family through numerous scandals, supporting them and their values. But although Huckabee still speaks highly of the family itself, that sentiment no longer appears to include Josh Duggar, who was at the center of multiple major scandals last year, including the revelations that he had molested his sisters as a teenager and cheated on his wife through Ashley Madison.
Huckabee made his new stance clear during a recent campaign stop. When a woman asks him about his views on child abuse and his relationship with the Duggar family, his reply gets heated.
“You don’t know — ma’am, I’m sorry, but I’m going to stop you… you’re accusing me of supporting child abuse,” he rants. “And I’m going to take you on on that because that hurts my feelings and is absolutely… let me tell you something: You have no idea what you’re talking about. You don’t know that family and I do. You don’t know them. I’ve never supported child abuse. Let me finish.”
Amid interruptions from the woman, Huckabee continues, “You accuse me of supporting child abuse. You do not know that family. I never supported anything that happened to those daughters. I supported the fact that those daughters were maliciously and savagely abused, not just by their brother, but by the news media who exploited them for their own purpose without proof of what it was doing to those young ladies. I know them. I’ve known them since they were babies. You don’t know what those parents did and how they worked to try to take care of their entire family. You don’t know.”
As the woman continues the push for answers, Huckabee gets angrier.
“No. You know what? You’ve come in here to confront me, which is fine,” he says. “But 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 and sinful that nobody is backing up and supporting. But I would support any family who tries to work through their problems under the grace of God.”
See the video of the entire exchange below.