Mike Huckabee is once again coming to the defense of the Duggar family, this time as he actually yells at a supporter during a campaign stop.
The Republican candidate for president, who is currently trailing almost the entire field, appeared in Clinton, Iowa on Tuesday when a woman asked him how if he did not support child abuse he could support the Duggars after it was revealed their son Josh has molested five minors when he was a teenager.
Huckabee immediately cuts the woman off, telling her loudly at one point; ‘You come in here to confront me, which is fine, but you cannot abuse, which is what you’re doing, the reputation of a godly family who had been through hell because a son of theirs, one of their many children, did something evil and sinful that nobody is backing up and supporting.’
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Friend fo life: Mike Huckabee (above with Josh Duggar) is once again coming to the defense of the Duggar family
Tough questions: A woman asked Huckabee (above with Jim Bob and Michelle) on Tuesday during a campaign stop in Iowa why he supported them after it was revealed their son Josh molested girls
Firing back: ‘You cannot abuse, which is what you’re doing, the reputation of a godly family who had been through hell because a son of theirs,’ said Huckabee (above with Jim Bob and Josh in the 90s)
The Slot posted video of the event, in which Huckabee also tells the woman; ‘I never supported anything that happened to those daughters.
‘I supported the fact that those daughters were maliciously and savagely abused not just by their brother, but by the news media who exploited them for their own purpose without regard for what it was doing to those young ladies.’
He then threatens to throw the woman out if she asks another question, leading the audience to loudly applaud.
Huckabee showed support for the Duggar on multiple occasions after it was revealed Josh had molested minors, but not since it was revealed the young man had also had multiple affairs while married to wife Anna.
He appeared on Fox News in June, telling host Megyn Kelly of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar; ‘They took many, many steps that many parents don’t take under similar circumstances.’
In May, Huckabee posted a statement of support for the Duggars on his campaign website, which featured numerous pictures of the former governor with Josh, Jim Bob and Michelle.
Though the post was later deleted, he went on to post a similar message on his official Facebook page which read: ‘Janet and I want to affirm our support for the Duggar family. 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. No purpose whatsoever is served by those who are now trying to discredit Josh or his family by sensationalizing the story.
‘Good people make mistakes and do regrettable and even disgusting things.’
Incensed: Huckabee (above with Anna and Josh) then threatened to throw the woman out if she asked any other questions
Tried and true: Huckabee showed support for the Duggar on multiple occasions, including in June on Fox News (above)
Josh entered a faith-based rehab program in Illinois in August to treat his infidelity and addiction to porn.
He was visited by his wife Anna on Christmas, though it is not clear if she took any of the couple’s four children with her on the trip.
The couple wed in 2008, and are parents to five-month-old Meredith Grace, two-year-old Marcus, four-year-old Michael and six-year-old daughter Mackynzie.
Josh confessed to having affairs in a letter in August shortly before he entered rehab, writing; ‘I have been the biggest hypocrite ever. While espousing faith and family values, I have secretly over the last several years been viewing pornography on the internet and this became a secret addiction and I became unfaithful to my wife.
‘I am so ashamed of the double life that I have been living and am grieved for the hurt, pain and disgrace my sin has caused my wife and family, and most of all Jesus and all those who profess faith in Him.’
Just a few months before that in May, it was revealed he had molested four of his sisters when he was a teenager and they were minors.
Shortly after, TLC cancelled the family’s reality show.