At a campaign event in Iowa on Tuesday, Mike Huckabee took a question from a woman who asked him, “You talked about the children. What’s your views on child abuse?”
Huckabee answers that he doesn’t support child abuse, including abortion. The woman then rephrases, asking him why he supports child abuse. When he counters with “why on Earth” would she think that, the woman gets to her real point.
“When the Duggars came out and their son had molested their child, you more or less said that you felt sorry for the parents,” she said. “Their parents let it continue–”
This is when Huckabee loses it, walking toward her and saying, “You’re accusing me of supporting child abuse. And I’m going to take you on on that because that hurts my feelings–” and on and on.
He clarifies his position on the Duggars:
You do not know that family. I do. I never supported anything that happened to those daughters. I supported the fact that those daughters were maliciously and savagely abused, not just by their brother, but by the news media who exploited them for their own purpose, without regard for what it was doing to those young ladies. I know them. I’ve know them since they were babies. And you don’t.
He defends how Jim Bob and Michelle dealt with the situation: “And you don’t know what those parents did and how they worked to try to take care of their entire family.”
When the woman counters that all the family did was lock the Duggar daughters in their rooms, Huckabee accuses her of reading tabloids.