"Josh's actions when he was an underage teen are as he described them himself, 'inexcusable,' but that doesn't mean 'unforgivable,'" Huckabee wrote on his Facebook page on Friday. " ... 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."
He continued to praise the Duggar family's "authenticity" and "humility."
"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," Huckabee wrote. "Janet [Huckabee's wife] and I love [Josh's parents] Jim Bob and Michelle and their entire family."
Huckabee is far from alone in his support for the eldest Duggar child. Plenty of Duggar fans have flooded Josh's Instagram account with messages of solidarity. One much-cited Bible passage was John 8:7 -- which lectures about being judgmental -- reading in part, "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone."
"Everyone has a sin they are ashamed of," one supporter wrote. "All sins are the same after all; so who are all of us who claim to know Jesus, to judge. I love your whole family so much and am praying for the whole situation!"