Josh Duggar’s molestation scandal has brought a lot of attention to the ‘19 Kids & Counting’ family. While speaking to Megyn Kelly, the two sisters Josh sexually abused — Jill Dillard and Jessa Duggar — said their family aren’t hypocrites for casting judgment on others!
If the Duggars are known for anything, it’s that they have 19 kids and they advocate strong, religious values. When the news broke that Josh Duggar, 27, sexually molested five underage girls — two of which were his sisters, Jessa Duggar, 22 and Jill Dillard, 24 — critics called the Duggars hypocrites for criticizing people of certain lifestyles while they hid Josh’s sexual assault. Jessa and Jill took a stand against these accusations, defending their family during an interview with Megyn Kelly.
Speaking with Megyn, 44, in an interview airing tonight (June 5) on FOX News Channel’s The Kelly File at 9PM/ET, Jill and Jessa answered questions over their sexual abuse. They also responded to the critics who said the Duggars were hypocritical for criticizing the moral lives of others while they hid Josh’s history of molesting girls from the public.
“Well, I think that you know some people,” Jill said to Kelly, “I’ve heard them say you know ‘you’re hypocrites.’ [W]ell if you go back and look at everything people that have seen in our lives, in television you know, we’ve never claimed to be a perfect family.”
The 19 Kids & Counting star added, “My parents have always actually stated, you know, we are not a perfect family. We are just a family.” Jessa chimed in, saying that her family is one “[w]ith challenges and struggles just like anybody else.”
Transgender people, who Michelle campaigned against in 2012 by calling them “child predators” and a threat to the “safety and innocent” of kids everywhere, might disagree with Jess and Jill’s assessment.
Jessa went on to even say she doesn’t think Josh himself is hypocritical for having worked at the Family Research Council, an organization known for denouncing certain lifestyles, while having a history of molesting underage girls while he was a teen.
“It’s right to say ‘here’s what I believe, here’s my values,’ even if you’ve made stupid mistakes or failures,” said Jessa. “If you’ve had failures in your past it doesn’t mean you can’t be changed.”
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Do you agree with Jill and Jessa? Are the Duggars hypocrites for criticizing others?
— Jason Brow