Derick Dillard: Duggar Husband Shows Support For Trump, Viewers Ask Where Donations Went, Again

Steph Bazzle

While the rest of the Duggar family have been less vocal than usual about supporting a specific candidate in the most recent election cycle, Derick Dillard has been open about his choice. In a recent series of posts, Dillard chronicled a trip to D.C. with his church, then finally expressed his support for Trump with a gift shop purchase -- leading some viewers to again question how donations to the family are being used.

Derick Dillard has been asking fans to donate money so he could participate in a ministry program run by Cross Church now that he's back in the Duggar home of Arkansas. However, his fundraisers have been deleted multiple times from the crowdfunding site he tried to use, apparently for violations of site rules.

On Wednesday, Derick began posting about his trip to Capitol Hill with the Cross Church School of Ministry. Derick's wife, Jill Duggar Dillard, was able to join the trip, though her own social media posts and the Dillard Family Blog both indicate that only Derick is joining the ministry program. (Jill and Derick are second and third on the back row in the photo below.)

One commenter asked, "Vacation in DC! Did [Jim Bob Duggar] fund that?"

Another said, "You can't have it both ways. Either they make enough from the show for them to take vacations and stuff, in which case, he can afford to pay for his OWN freakin' 'personal development.' Or they have to depend on donations from others just to get by, in which case, they shouldn't be taking trips on other people's money."

However, the dam broke when Derick posted a photo of the socks he had purchased in the White House gift shop. Within a few hours, dozens of Instagram users had commented to let Dillard know they were unfollowing his accounts and would not contribute to his causes and fundraising in the future.

"As a Christian, how do you support this guy?"

The other type of criticism again centered on donations. Just a few of these quotes follow.

"I hope you didn't use your 'fans' donation money for those fugly socks!!!"
"You're begging for money for your 'mission' but waste money on these socks?! Get real."

It's not clear exactly how much Derick Dillard ever received in donations from Duggar fans, but even after his fundraiser was deleted, he still has a donation page on the family website, where in May, the family specifically noted that donations would help cover personal expenses when they returned to the Duggar home in Arkansas for Jill to give birth.

Derick's note last month to a would-be supporter also indicated that he is working on setting up other ways to accept donations online, and he may be receiving cash donations outside these systems as well.

[Featured Image by Derick Dillard/Instagram]