It looks like the Duggar family has lost the crucial Mike Huckabee vote. At least where references on Huckabee’s campaign website are concerned.
Endorsements from “19 Kids and Counting” stars Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar that previously appeared on the former Arkansas governor and current presidential candidate’s campaign site have been scrubbed.
The endorsements had previously resided in the “I Like Mike” portion of the site. According to an archived version of the site, but the endorsements were dropped at some point on Monday, according to political website Talking Points Memo.
The Duggar family has been under intense fire in recent weeks, after reports surfaced that Josh Duggar, the eldest son of the super-sized clan, had been accused of molesting multiple underage girls, some of them his sisters, when he was a teenager.
As news broke of the scandal, Josh Duggar issued a statement admitting that he had acted “inexcusably,” and resigned his position with the Family Research Council.
But in the face of the burgeoning scandal, Huckabee offered strong words of support for Duggar, posting a message on Facebook, writing, “Good people make mistakes.”
Huckabee went on to write, “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.”
A spokesperson for Huckabee’s campaign has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.
On Wednesday, the Duggars appeared on Fox News Channel’s “The Kelly File.” During their interview with host Megyn Kelly, Jim Bob and Michelle defended their handling of the scandal, though Jim Bob did say that they didn’t seek outside help for Josh until he’d admitted to his misdeeds three times.
“There were a couple of times he came and told us what he had done,” Duggar said. “Again, this was not rape or anything like that, it was touching someone over the clothes. There were a couple of times he touched someone under the clothes for a few seconds. Each time he came and told us, crying. It was the third time that we decided we needed help.”
Just before Wednesday’s episode of ‘The Kelly File” ended, Josh’s sister Jessa Duggar, now 22, confirmed that she was one of his victims. Though Jessa acknowledged that Josh’s actions were “very wrong,” she defended her sibling.
“I do want to speak up in his defense against people who are calling him a child molester or a pedophile or a rapist, some people are saying,” Jessa said.
TLC has not yet announced whether it will cancel “19 Kids and Counting,” but it has pulled all episodes of the show from its schedule.