Mike Huckabee defends Josh Duggar after molestation allegations: ‘Good people make mistakes’

Mike Huckabee is standing with Josh Duggar.

The Republican presidential hopeful defended the oldest “19 Kids and Counting”son Friday — a day after Duggar apologized and said “I acted inexcusably” following allegations he molested several girls when he was a teenager.

TLC yanked the show off the air in the wake of the apology.

“Effective immediately, TLC has pulled all episodes of 19 Kids and Counting currently from the air,” TLC officials told the Daily News Friday. “We are deeply saddened and troubled by this heartbreaking situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and victims at this difficult time.”

But Huckabee took a forgiving attitude, saying Duggar, now 27, should not be discredited for the things he did 12 years ago.

“Josh’s actions when he was an underage teen are as he described them himself, ‘inexcusable,’ but that doesn’t mean ‘unforgivable,'” Huckabee wrote on Facebook. “Being a minor means that one’s judgment is not mature.”

He continued: “Good people make mistakes and do regrettable and even disgusting things.”

In Touch Weekly magazine obtained a police report detailing accusations that Duggar fondled the breasts and genitals of at least five girls, sometimes as they slept. His own father, Jim Bob, turned him into Arkansas police in 2006 after he caught his son leaving a young girl’s bedroom and “learned something inappropriate happened,” a source told In Touch.

But Huckabee said the ultra-religious Duggar has learned from the incidents, which happened when both Duggar and the girls were underage.

“No one needs to defend Josh’s actions as a teenager, but the fact that he confessed his sins to those he harmed, sought help, and has gone forward to live a responsible and circumspect life as an adult is testament to his family’s authenticity and humility,” Huckabee wrote.

Huckabee, a former Arkansas governor and a 2016 presidential candidate, is friends with Jim Bob Duggar, his wife Michelle and their 19 children.

According to the police report, after Jim Bob Duggar reported the alleged abuse in 2006, Josh was investigated for sexual assault in the fourth degree. The charges were dropped.

“Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends,” Duggar said in a statement on Thursday.

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