Mike Huckabee Republican presidential candidate and former Arkansas Governor back in May wrote on Facebook in May condemning Josh Duggar, reality TV star of Nineteen Kids and Counting after the allegations surfaced that the Nineteen Kids And Counting molested his sisters as a teenager.
“Condemning” in a sense, if you ignore the fact that he wrote that he truly believed his actions are not “unforgivable.” At the break of the story he called Duggars criminal actions the poor judgement of an immature minor, providing excuses for an inexcusable act. He wrote:
“Josh’s actions when he was an underage teen are as he described them himself, ‘inexcusable,’ but that doesn’t mean ‘unforgivable.’”
Huckabee for a long time has had the political support of the entire Duggar family and has gone to say that that he would hope for them to be a large part of his presidential campaign. The post continues:
“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.”
Now, on December 23rd, he claimed that he was not a supporter of Josh Duggar. But rather he was a supporter of his parents. “I really didn’t support Josh,” Huckabee said to Simon Conway on his radio show in Iowa. “I supported his parents, if you’ll go back and look at what I said. There’s no support for what he did.” Yes, if you go back and look at everything except the part where he forgives Josh, and calls him (an insectuous child molester) a “good person”.
“I’ve never defended Josh and I don’t defend him now because there’s nothing to defend,” he added. “What he did was absolutely hideously wrong and despicable.” Which is a nice turn around. But it should have never been a turnaround. No decent human being should take over a half a year to decide that perhaps the boy molesting his own sisters wasn’t the person that should have chosen to defend. But rather, he should have, from the start, stood with (whom he now calls) “the true victims” of the situation: The sisters who had to endure this trauma all these years and had to relive it now as adults on a massive scale, hearing thousands of people leaping to defend their attacker. People like Mike Huckabee himself.