Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar are now Mike Huckabee's top supporters. Who did they drop to back the former Arkansas governor?
The moment Mike Huckabee launched his presidential campaign Tuesday morning, his Mike Huckabee for President campaign website crashed. It was touch and go for a few hours, but when it finally stabilized one of the first things visitors could see were tiny images of Huckabee supporters, including Michelle Duggar and Jim Bob Duggar, the parents and stars of TLC's reality TV show "19 Kids and Counting."
"Governor Huckabee is a man of faith who is very wise, and will help get our nation back on track," reads a quote that hovers over Michelle Duggar's image. "America needs Governor Huckabee for president! Governor Huckabee has the communication skills of Ronald Reagan, and a common sense business approach to government," reads Jim Bob Duggar's.
The Duggars hail from a small town in Arkansas, and are no strangers to politics. Last year Michelle recorded a virulently anti-gay and anti-transgender robocall that equated trans people with "males with past child predator convictions."
Their far right religious beliefs are no secret, and formed the environment that created Josh Duggar, who now is the executive director in Tony Perkins' Family Research Council Action Fund, the political arm of the infamous anti-gay hate group.
MSNBC reports the Duggar parents "'begged' Huckabee to run again in 2012, but the governor refused. That left the famous family to throw their weight behind Santorum, the candidate who shared their 'values' and had a 'proven track record to do what’s right,' as Jim Bob Duggar explained to Mother Jones in 2012."
Huckabee's beliefs align perfectly with the Duggars', and America can expect to see and hear more of the "19 Kids and Counting" stars on the campaign trail, along with FRC's Josh Duggar. Having the support of the Duggars gives Huckabee immediate access to their millions of viewers, and to the vast resources of the Family Research Council, along with the Duggars' 657,275 fans on their official Duggar Family Facebook page, who were able to see these message of support (above and below) for Huckabee this week:
Image, top, via Facebook