Former Governor of Arkansas and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee expressed support for Josh Duggar and his family via Facebook Friday. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | License Photo
LITTLE ROCK, Ark., May 22 (UPI) -- After Josh Duggar confessed to molesting five young girls as a teen, family friend and 2016 Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee took to Facebook to show his support.
"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," he wrote on his official Facebook page.
"Good people make mistakes and do regrettable and even disgusting things," he continued, noting that the police report was hidden to protect the underage victims, not Duggar. The 19 Kids and Counting personality told People Thursday that he acted "inexcusably, for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends."
"Janet and I love Jim Bob and Michelle and their entire family," Huckabee said. Duggar patriarch Jim Bob, and the former governor worked together in the Arkansas legislature during the late 1990s and the two remained friends. In the past, the politician has expressed his admiration of the Duggars, calling them an "example of something that's wholesome and wonderful," People reports.
"[The Duggars] 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," Huckabee said.
"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...Today, Janet and I want to show up and stand up for our friends," he concluded.