Yet conservative politician Mike Huckabee defended Duggar saying the sexual assault should not be “unforgivable.” He accused the “bloodthirsty media” of “sensationalizing the story” and trying to “discredit” the reality TV star.
“Good people make mistakes and do regrettable and even disgusting things,” the presidential hopeful said in a Facebook post.
Huckabee and the Duggar family have been longtime friends so it comes as no surprise the former Arkansas governor would step in and support the family.
Yet more surprising, however, is Huckabee’s fans overwhelmingly did not agree with the politician’s open support of a child molester, causing many to click "unlike."
Huckabee’s defense is trying to paint Duggar as still a good person worthy of our sympathy. He is not only defending someone for sexual assault, but making light of the issue as merely an immature teenager’s mistake rather than a serious, traumatic crime that deserves severe punishment. While a fourteen-year-old boy is not expected to know everything an adult should, he should understand enough between right and wrong to realize that touching young girls is never okay. The politician lost support, even from his conservative fans, because in blindly standing with his friend he fails to see how the assault affects survivors and why these actions can never be fully forgiven.