After gushing about how great a family the Duggars are, Mike Huckabee has removed the endorsements he received from Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar from his campaign website. This may have happened because of the whole controversy surrounding the Duggar family, thanks to their child-molesting son, Josh.
According to Talking Points Memo, the Duggars’ endorsement reigned supreme on a sidebar on Huckabee’s website, but even he is not immune to the backlash the Duggar family has experienced, along with the brand of teachings they follow regarding sexual morality. TPM reports that the endorsements were removed sometime on Monday.
Some of the backlash against Huckabee comes from a Facebook post in which he said that he agreed that, while Josh’s actions were inexcusable, they weren’t unforgivable. He also said that demonizing them served no purpose. “Good people make mistakes and do regrettable and even disgusting things,” he said, as he decried the “bloodthirst” of those who were working to discredit the Duggars.
Facebook followers blasted him to smithereens for that post, with many of them saying he’d lost their support. Some speculated that he’ll never win the nomination with that defense, as well. Others brought up his hypocrisy, saying that he fights the LGBTQ agenda tooth and nail because it’s “destroying our country,” but the Duggars, whose son did real damage, are good people who made a few mistakes. It’s hard to reconcile one position with the other.
Of course, there’s always the possibility that Huckabee simply removed the endorsement to make room for something else. However, it seems kind of coincidental to everything else that’s happened. On May 28, Public Policy Polling reported that Huckabee’s approval rating hadn’t really changed since January, so it’s possible that someone warned Huckabee that wouldn’t change if that endorsement stayed there. It could even get worse.
It’s also possible that Huckabee himself started getting worried about it. There are times when standing up for something, alone, is warranted and called for, and there are times when it’s A Really Bad Idea. The situation with the Duggars is the latter.
TPM also says that a reporter asked Huckabee whether the Duggars would travel with him on the campaign trail. He said that he didn’t know, but it would be up to them. That sounds a bit…lukewarm, doesn’t it? It sounds like Huckabee has soured on the Duggars in the midst of everything that’s happened.