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Mike Huckabee Stands By Duggar Clan in Wake of Molestation Allegations, Decries 'Bloodthirsty Media'


Mike Huckabee is throwing his support behind reality TV's embattled Duggar clan in the wake of allegations that eldest son Josh Duggar sexually abused five underage girls over a decade ago. 

Josh Duggar resigned from his position as executive director of the anti-gay hate group Family Research Council's lobbying arm yesterday, saying in a statement "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."

Wrote Huckabee on Facebook:

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. The reason that the law protects disclosure of many actions on the part of a minor is that the society has traditionally understood something that today’s blood-thirsty media does not understand—that being a minor means that one's judgement is not mature. 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. Those who have enjoyed revealing this long ago sins in order to discredit the Duggar family have actually revealed their own insensitive bloodthirst, for there was no consideration of the fact that the victims wanted this to be left in the past and ultimately a judge had the information on file destroyed—not to protect Josh, but the innocent victims. Janet and I love Jim Bob and Michelle and their entire family. They are no more perfect a family than any family, but their Christian witness is not marred in our eyes because following Christ is not a declaration of our perfection, but of HIS perfection. It is precisely because we are all sinners that we need His grace and His forgiveness. We have been blessed to receive God’s love and we would do no less than to extend our love and support for our friends. In fact, it is such times as this, when real friends show up and stand up. Today, Janet and I want to show up and stand up for our friends. Let others run from them. We will run to them with our support

In Touch, the tabloid that broke the story earlier this week, reported yesterday that Duggar patriarch Jim Bob waited more than a year after his son Josh confessed to sexually molesting several female minors before contacting police. 

The Washington Post notes Huckabee recently received the endorsement of the Duggar family in the 2016 presidential race. 

The Duggars are the stars of TLC's 19 Kids and Counting and have been active opponents of LGBT rights. The network announced today it would pull the show from its schedule as a result of the controversy. 

Ted Cruz, Cornered Again on Gay Rights, Says ISIS is Worse Than He Is

GOP presidential hopeful Ted Cruz was in Beaumont, Texas yesterday, where he received a round of questions from reporters on gay rights, the Washington Post reports.

CruzThis perturbed him:

"Is there something about the left — and I am going to put the media in this category — that is obsessed with sex?” Cruz asked after fielding multiple questions on gay rights.

Cruz then pivoted and pointed at someone else:

“ISIS is executing homosexuals — you want to talk about gay rights? This week was a very bad week for gay rights because the expansion of ISIS, the expansion of radical, theocratic, Islamic zealots that crucify Christians, that behead children and that murder homosexuals — that ought to be concerning you far more than asking six questions all on the same topic.”

Cruz then attacked the encroachment of "mandatory same-sex marriage" as a threat to religious liberty.

Lindsey Graham Prematurely Spills His 2016 Presidential Plans

No need to wait till June 1 for the official announcement, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is already pretty much a go for 2016, The Washington Post reports:

Graham"I will make an announcement on June 1st. You're all invited to come -- spend money when you do -- and I will tell you what I’m going to do about running for president," Graham said on CBS "This Morning."

Although Graham initially declined to say if he is running when asked by the CBS hosts, he nonetheless indicated he is pursuing the GOP nomination – potentially declaring his candidacy ahead of schedule.

"I'm running because of what you see on television. I'm running because I think the world is falling apart. I've been more right than wrong on foreign policy," Graham said. "It's not the fault of others, their lack of this or that that makes me want to run. It’s my ability in my own mind to be a good commander in chief and to make Washington work. “

Earlier this month, Graham told the Boston Herald that society and the nation must "move forward" if the Supreme Court legalizes same-sex marriage nationwide. 

Hillary Clinton Is Ready to Earn Your Vote This Summer in Hilarious SNL Cold Open: VIDEO


Last night's SNL season 40 finale opened with a summertime-themed segment featuring a vote-hungry Hillary Clinton (Kate McKinnon) ready to ramp up her campaign and take full advantage of the next year and a half until November 2016.


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Ted Cruz Insists Marriage Equality is the 'Greatest Threat' to Religious Freedom Ever: LISTEN

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Tet it never be said that Ted Cruz isn’t a man of strong, deeply-held convictions. In a recent interview with conservative talk show host Eric Metaxas (pictured below right), the 2016 Republican hopeful doubled down on his already rather obvious views on LGBT-identified people.

Metaxes“We are seeing today profound threats to religious liberty in America, I think the greatest threats we’ve ever seen,” Cruz reasoned when prompted to share his views on gay marriage. “We’re a nation that was founded by men and women who were fleeing religious oppression and coming to seek out a land where everyone of us could worship God Almighty with all of our hearts, minds and souls, and that is under profound jeopardy today.”

In addition to declaring that his opponents on the left were hellbent on destroying purportedly religious foundations upon which the country was built, Cruz went on to explain how in the future, churches would be forced to pay taxes as part of a larger liberal scheme. The plan, he insisted, was laid out in full last month by Solicitor General Donald Verrilli at the onset of the Supreme Court same sex marriage hearings.

“[U]niversities like Notre Dame or Georgetown and Brigham Young or any university that is founded as a Christian university, if it continues to follow biblical teachings on marriage,” Cruz intoned. [T]he federal government is asserting the power to discriminate and persecute them.”

As Right Wing Watch points out, Verrilli said no such thing.

Listen to a clip of Ted Cruz’s latest foray into the land of conservative, conspiratorial hatemongering AFTER THE JUMP...

(h/t Right Wing Watch)

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Rand Paul Staffer Licks Camera of Democratic Tracker: VIDEO


Democratic trackers typically follow rival candidates to events in order to keep an eye on them, as was the case at a Rand Paul event in New Hampshire on Monday.

But a tracker from the Democratic opposition research super PAC, American Bridge 21st Century found out the hard way that Paul's staffers lick back.

Watch the lick go down, AFTER THE JUMP...

Paul's campaign declined to comment on the staffer's actions.

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