Are Jill Duggar Dillard and her husband warming to the possibility of a President Trump?
Jill Duggar and her family members used to be very active in politics. Her brother, Josh Duggar, worked for the political lobbying arm of the Family Research Council before his sexual molestation scandal forced him to resign, and her father, Jim Bob Duggar, served in the Arkansas House of Representatives from 1999 to 2002. Jim Bob also launched an unsuccessful bid for a U.S. Senate seat in 2002.
This year, the Duggars haven't been as politically active as they once were. However, Jill Duggar's husband did recently retweet a quote that hints at who he and his wife may be supporting in the upcoming U.S. presidential election. Past presidential hopefuls the Duggar family have shown their support for include Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee. However, it appears that Jill and her husband, Derick Dillard, have hopped aboard the Trump train now that he's the presumptive GOP nominee.
According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Jill and Derick's pastor, Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd, is a member of the group of evangelical leaders who make up Donald Trump's religious advisory board. Floyd is refusing to endorse Donald Trump or any other presidential hopeful, but the pastor at Cross Church in Rogers, Arkansas, is encouraging his flock to get out and vote on November 8. Jill Duggar's husband recently revealed that he and Jill have been watching Floyd's sermons from Central America, and he retweeted the pastor's call for action.
Jill and I enjoy staying connected with our home church and watching our weekly service live #rogers #centralamerica https://t.co/cTa7FSM59w
— Derick Dillard (@derick4Him) June 26, 2016
What is at stake in the 2016 Presidential election in the United States of America? pic.twitter.com/6pceXFBPic
— Ronnie Floyd (@ronniefloyd) June 26, 2016
@ronniefloyd thank you pastor Floyd. We're praying for you.It's not exactly a straightforward endorsement of Donald Trump, but Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard's pastor has hinted that he would rather see Donald Trump in the White House than Hillary Clinton. After talking about the importance of knowing where Trump stands on abortion, Ronnie Floyd pointed out that the next president of the United States will likely get to appoint more than one Supreme Court Justice.
— Derick Dillard (@derick4Him) June 27, 2016
"Obviously one of the major issues of any conservative and any evangelical believer will be the appointments to the justices of the Supreme Court. Some say that the next president could appoint three to four Supreme Court justices perhaps."
The Supreme Court recently ruled that Texas placed an undue burden on women seeking abortions by passing a law that would have shut down a large number of the state's abortion clinics. As The Daily Beast reports, some anti-choice activists are worried because Trump did not speak out against the Supreme Court's ruling. However, Trump has called for women who get abortions to be punished, and he has promised to appoint anti-choice Supreme Court justices if he is elected president. According to LifeNews, these promises are helping him win over anti-choicers; the Pro-Life Council of Connecticut recently announced that it's supporting Trump.
Jill Duggar and her family members are strongly against abortion. They've attended multiple March for Life rallies, and, as E! News reports, they showed their support for anti-choice and anti-gay marriage political candidates by taking part in the 2014 "Faith, Family, Freedom" bus tour. According to Crushable, Jill Duggar even managed to sneak an anti-abortion message into her 2014 pregnancy announcement by sharing her baby news much earlier than most celebrities do. According to Jill, she did so because she believes "that every life is precious no matter how young."As Us Weekly reports, Jill Duggar and her family members also don't believe in using birth control, so some fans are concerned about Jill getting pregnant while she and Derick are in Central America on their long-term mission trip. As the Inquisitr previously reported, this is because the Zika virus, a mosquito-borne illness that can cause severe birth defects, is spreading rapidly in the region.
Fortunately, the Duggar Family Blog reports that Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard "are not expecting...yet." That "yet" does seem to suggest that the couple is doing nothing to prevent pregnancy, but now there's no way their next baby will arrive in time to stump for Trump by wearing a "Make America Great Again" onesie.
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