Mike Huckabee clarifies: 'I supported the Duggar parents, not their eldest son Josh' who did 'despicable' acts

Jim Bob Duggar (2nd from left), his wife Michelle (3rd from left) and their children pose with Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee (4th from left) and his wife Janet (4th from right) in an undated photo posted on the Duggar family's official Facebook page.(Facebook/Duggar Family Official)

Republican presidential candidate and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee has been a long-time supporter of the Duggar family from "19 Kids and Counting." So when Jim Bob and Michelle's eldest son Josh was exposed for cheating on his wife Anna using the Ashley Madison website, Huckabee came under fire as well for his association with the family.

When the news first surfaced, Huckabee said Josh's actions were "inexcusable" but they were not "unforgivable."

Josh is now seeking treatment for his porn and sex addiction in the rehab facility Reformers Unanimous in Rockford, Illinois.

According to Newsmax, Huckabee is still being questioned on why he allegedly defended Josh even after he espoused Christian values and yet engaged in an extramarital affair.

Huckabee said he would like to set the record straight once and for all. "I really didn't support Josh. I supported his parents, if you'll go back and look at what I said. There's no support for what he did," he clarified.

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Josh's betrayal was large scale, said Huckabee, because he tore down everything his parents stood up for as Christians. And that, according to the presidential hopeful, is what made him change his mind about Josh.

"I think in subsequent months, as more things came out, what he did was despicable, it was dishonest," Huckabee said. "He did some things that totally defy everything he supposedly stood for. But he certainly defied what his parents not only have stood for, but continue to."

The Duggar family show got cancelled in light of Josh's indiscretions, but the TLC network has teamed up with the family even after that and created several documentaries, the latest of which is "Jill and Jessa: Counting On."

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