Amid an exploding media circus, Josh Duggar has apologized for his “inexcusable” actions as a teen, and resigned from theÂ Family Research Council. Will “19 Kids and Counting” survive?
Editor’s note: see update at bottom.
It’s been a whirlwind.
In Touch magazine just hours ago published a 33-page police report that reveals Josh Duggar, around the age of 14, sexually assaulted five girls, including family members, and allegedly admitted to at least one of the assaults.
These were repeated sexual molestations, some forcible, and went unreported for months or a year, according to In Touch, which also states some were felonies, although Duggar was never prosecuted.
Moments ago, Josh Duggar gave a statementÂ to PEOPLE magazine.
“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,” Josh told PEOPLE in his statement. “I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling. I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life.”
According to In Touch, Duggar’s mother admitted that despite family claims they sent their teen son Josh away for Christian counseling, instead he went to work for a summer with a family friend who builds houses.
Duggar has also resigned as executive director of Family Research Council Action, the political arm of an anti-gay hate group.
“When Josh was a young teenager, he made some very bad mistakes, and we were shocked,” Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar told PEOPLE. “We had tried to teach him right from wrong. That dark and difficult time caused us to seek God like never before.”Â
“Even though we would never choose to go through something so terrible, each one of our family members drew closer to God. We pray that as people watch our lives they see that we are not a perfect family. We have challenges and struggles every day. It is one of the reasons we treasure our faith so much because God’s kindness and goodness and forgiveness are extended to us â€“ even though we are so undeserving. We hope somehow the story of our journey â€“ the good times and the difficult times â€“ cause you to see the kindness of God and learn that He can bring you through anything.”
UPDATEÂ â€“ 05.22.15 1:40 PM EDT:
Breaking: TLC Pulls Duggars’ ’19 Kids And Counting’ From Schedule
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‘Robbing Us Blind!’: Photo of Trump Exiting Air Force One Leads to Angry Allegations Against His ‘Decadent Lifestyle’
President Donald Trump is taking a few days off to focus on what seems to have become his full time job: getting re-elected. Trump jetted to Ohio on Thursday, held a campaign-style event at a Whirlpool factory, paid for by the U.S. taxpayers, then headed off to a fundraiser where he raked in $5 million. Trump will headline two $250,000 per person Hamptons and New Jersey fundraisers this weekend, and at least one other where the price of entry will cost up to $50,000.
Meanwhile, a photo taken by CBS News White House Correspondent Mark Knoller has many spitting mad.
“Pres Trump steps off Air Force One in Morristown NJ to transfer to Marine One for the short flight to his golf club in Bedminster,” Knoller tweeted Thursday night.
It clearly hit a nerve, and the responses show it.
I don’t think most Americans have any clue how much this man costs us with his decadent lifestyle. That’s by design. https://t.co/my4FN7URth
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) August 7, 2020
— MsActiviss🌿 (@MsActiviss) August 7, 2020
The President is on vacation. https://t.co/3BuosjPFCl
— David Rothschild (@DavMicRot) August 7, 2020
It’s 22 miles. He’s taking a helicopter pic.twitter.com/Z5RbYqJHcp
— Wortzusammensetzungen (@Leupp) August 7, 2020
Instead of stepping off, to Bedminister, he needs to step up and do his damn job. How many damned days off to golf does he need? 2,000 Americans died today and NJ was just slammed by a hurricane, hundreds of thousands of people without power there. Really?
— Leslee *IStandWithDrFauci* (@Echo2Zs) August 7, 2020
— Lauren S. Kahn #WearAMask (@laurenskahn) August 7, 2020
Trump wants to accept the Republican nomination on the White House lawn to save money. I’ll give you a moment to let that sink in. 😐 https://t.co/1uXyIye3tU
— Clara Barton (@ClaraBResist) August 7, 2020
We live in the flight path and hear Pres. Creep flying over our house each time he visits. You can actually feel the moral and ethical and civility indicators in our state decline when he’s here. You hear his plane & immediately want to engage in unethical conduct.
— Steve Gorelick (@sgorelick) August 7, 2020
1. Donald’s holding the hand rails again.
2. New Jersey has a 14 day quarantine rule for anyone arriving who’s been in Ohio. Why is Trump allowed out of his room at his golf club? https://t.co/MYIpgiCmbo
— Janice Hough (@leftcoastbabe) August 7, 2020
These are now 3 day weekend visits to his private club for leisure time and grifting.
— GirlBoss (@AllisonNYAROR) August 7, 2020
He is absolutely stealing from the US!!! How can people still support him? I just dont understand. https://t.co/6qBA33iyCw
— Shari Cunningham (@scunningha006) August 7, 2020
Millions in stupid expenses. People can’t even afford buses and he’s robbing the coffers blind.
— Giggles the Squirrel Wears A Mask (@escapedacult) August 7, 2020
Love how Trump takes off for ANOTHER long weekend to golf while US economy craters & a pandemic is raging. Good times. https://t.co/BhhcLrdWZR
— Trish Lee (@CrazyMomma007) August 7, 2020
This guy takes more vacation than anyone I’ve ever known. https://t.co/wystZMq5X6
— Elan Engel (@engele) August 7, 2020
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A Georgia teen had her school suspension lifted for posting photos of crowded hallways after returning to classes during the coronavirus pandemic.
Hannah Watters shared photos from inside North Paulding High School showing students crowded together, with few wearing face coverings, and school officials relented on punishing her after the image and the girl’s suspension went viral, reported the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“I spoke to the principal a short time ago and he has rescinded the suspension and she will have no discipline on her record,” said her mother Lynne Watters.
The 15-year-old said the school notified her that she’d violated school policies against using her phone during instruction time and being active on social media during school hours, but she claimed the posting was made after hours — and insisted she had no regrets.
“I’d like to say this is some good and necessary trouble,” Watters said. “My biggest concern is not only about me being safe, it’s about everyone being safe because behind every teacher, student and staff member there is a family, there are friends, and I would just want to keep everyone safe.”
The school backed down on the suspension after nationwide outcry over the disciplinary action.
Trump Off for Long Weekend of $250,000 Per Person Fundraisers – and One at Don Jr. And Kimberly Guilfoyle’s Hamptons Home
President Donald Trump is on a long four-day weekend of campaign fundraisers, despite his Ohio trip yesterday to a Whirlpool factory being an “official” White House event. The president is expected to raise $15 million by Sunday.
Thursday night after raking in $5 million at a re-election campaign fundraiser, Trump returned not to the White House but to his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, where he is expected to stay through Sunday.
The Trump and Biden campaigns are now close in cash on hand, even though the president had been hauling in far more funds until June, when Biden beat him by $10 million.
On Sunday Trump will visit the Deal, New Jersey home of his late friend, real estate developer Stanley Chera, who died in April of the coronavirus at the age of 77. Trump will headline a 100-person multi-million dollar fundraiser there.
“According to an internal invitation sent to likely donors, to meet the President at a round-table is a whopping $250,000,” The Yeshiva World was first to report. “Cheaper options which include photo opportunities and a reception are $35,000, and a smaller option is $5,600.”
High dollar tickets aren’t the only price of entry.
“For fundraisers with the President, the White House Medical Unit and U.S. Secret Service evaluate all attendees in order for them to gain access to the event,” an official told CNBC. “All attendees must [test] negative for COVID-19 on the day of the event, complete a wellness questionnaire and pass a temperature screening.”
On Saturday Trump heads to the Hamptons home of his son, Donald Trump, Jr., and his girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle. The former Fox News personality is the chair of the Trump Victory finance committee. She was diagnosed with the coronavirus in early July.
“For Trump’s Saturday afternoon event, tickets start at $50,000 for guests take part in a photo op and watch the president’s remark[s],” CNBC adds. “A ticket for $100,000, get[s] an attendee a seat at a roundtable discussion with Trump. The later event on Saturday will cost up to $500,000 per couple to gain entrance.”
An estimated 30 million Americans are still unemployed, and on Thursday more than 2000 people died of the coronavirus, the highest number since May. More than 5 million people in the U.S. have been infected, and more than 162,000 Americans have died.
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