Endorsements from Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, of TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting,” have disappeared from former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s (R) presidential campaign website.
The Duggar endorsements enjoyed top billing on the campaign site’s “I Like Mike” sidebar on May 22, the day Huckabee issued a full-throated defense of the family following the publication of a 2006 police report that showed the Duggar’s eldest son, Josh, was investigated for molesting five underage girls when he was a teenager. Parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar said that four of the victims were Josh’s sisters, while the fifth was a babysitter, during an interview with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly that aired Wednesday night.
Jim Bob, a former Arkansas state representative, and Michelle Duggar endorsed Huckabee both for his 2008 and 2016 presidential campaigns. Their endorsements did not appear in the “I Like Mike” section of the site Thursday morning. Archived versions of the campaign site show that the endorsements were removed sometime Monday night.
When a reporter on Tuesday asked Huckabee whether the Duggars would be joining him on the campaign trail, the former governor responded “I don’t know, it’ll be up to them. Ask them, I don’t know,” according to video captured by BuzzFeed.
This post has been updated.