The Mike Huckabee campaign has issued a response as to why they scrubbed endorsements and photos of the Duggars from their website, and it essentially comes down to this.
Everyone is making too big a deal of it and reading too much in. The photos and endorsements were meant to rotate out, and this is just natural website operation. The Duggar family appeared as recently as June 1, according to an ABC News report.
Here’s the actual statement.
“The old ones were routed out on June 1,” said the Mike Huckabee campaign spokesperson. “That has always been the plan.”
Simple enough, except it omits one glaring detail. The Mike Huckabee campaign Facebook page, operating independently of the website, shows no sign of Huckabee’s previous support of the Duggar family, which was issued shortly after the scandal broke on May 22. In that post, Huckabee wrote the following.
“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 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 these 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. Janet and I love Jim Bob and Michelle and their entire family. They are no more perfect a family than any family, but their Christian witness is not marred in our eyes because following Christ is not a declaration of our perfection, but of HIS perfection. It is precisely because we are all sinners that we need His grace and His forgiveness. We have been blessed to receive God’s love and we would do no less than to extend our love and support for our friends. In fact, it is such times as this, when real friends show up and stand up. Today, Janet and I want to show up and stand up for our friends. Let others run from them. We will run to them with our support.”
If you go to the Mike Huckabee campaign Facebook page today, as of this post, you will see that it skips from May 20 to May 23. No May 22 in sight.
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