Mike Huckabee’s Pissed That The Duggar Kids Are ‘Bullied,’ Responds By Bullying The Rest Of Us
Oh, Duggars. I just can’t quit you. It would seem this family ends up in the news every week somehow and this week is no different. This time, it’s Mike Huckabee speaking out about how the Duggar kids have been bullied by those “jealous” of them. Because, of course. However, Huckabee’s wording is interesting considering he is denouncing those who bully the Duggars and then, using bullying and rude language to describe the children of the offenders. Hmmmm.
Mike Huckabee has a book out called God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy (again, of course) and in the book, he refers to incidents I can only assume stemmed from the Duggars making appearances at political events. This Christian Post article does not quote Huckabee on where the alleged bullying took place:
In his book titled “God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy,” the former Republican presidential candidate and Arkansas governor says that Jim Bob and Michelle’s children are “every parent’s dream” in their “attitudes toward each other, their parents, and their chores.”
Huckabee goes on to claim that Josh, Jana, Jill, Jessa, Jinger, and the rest of the Duggar children “endured relentless and vicious ridicule from the snobby and snotty sophisticates.”
Fair enough. If the Duggar kids are being bullied, I don’t like it either. No kids should be bullied. In fact, I am currently dealing with a bullying situation of my own (writing about it next week, stay tuned) and I totally understand the rage one feels toward the bully. However, as an adult trying to model correct behavior for my kids, I do my level best to refrain from using insults or crude language when discussing the situation. Do I want to tell my son to let his bullies know that they are shitty humans? Yes, of course. Do I actually say it? God, no. Apparently Huckabee doesn’t have a problem with stooping to their level:
These purported bullies “exemplify their own jealousy of how well behaved the Duggar kids are compared to the little hellions and yuppie larvae created by the critics of the Duggars.”
Guys, when you envision the next POTUS don’t we all picture someone who lobs petty insults and name calls? Boy, I know I do! Huckabee is certainly someone to have our kids look up to, amirite?! Calling someone’s kids “hellions”- that just screams class and restraint.
Anyway, yes, the bullies in this case appear to be adults and I think that is abhorrent. Even though I heartily disagree with the Duggars political views, I do understand that the kids were raised to believe what they believe and it can be tough to have views separate from the only thing you’ve been raised to know. If anyone should be subjected to the bullying, it’s Jim Bob and Michelle. That said, since the specifics were not shared by Huckabee, I think it’s possible that he is confused. Maybe these people aren’t being bullies and maybe they aren’t being snobs either. Maybe they just feel the way that many of us do- that the Duggars harbor hateful views that are harmful toward the LGBTQ community. The Duggars campaign actively and donate funds for the purpose of limiting the rights of LGBTQ individuals and that is something that could cause heated reactions, no question.
It should not surprise any of us that Huckabee would possibly sensationalize or misrepresent the way the Duggar kids have been treated but if it is true and they have been bullied, they have my sympathies. It still does not make it acceptable for Huckabee to say such terrible things himself. And that said, if your political views trend toward limiting the rights of others and espousing hate, I guess it should not come as a surprise that people are hostile toward you. Just a thought, Duggars and Huckabee. Hate breeds hate.