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Sarah Palin On The Duggar Family: There’s Nothing Wrong With Sibling Molestation

Sarah Palin on Fox and Friends talking about Josh Duggar

Sarah Palin, seen here, on Fox & Friends defending Josh Duggar and his actions. (AP Photo/Dennis System, File) / AP

This morning on Fox & Friends, Sarah Palin said she supports the Duggar family and says there is nothing wrong with what Josh Duggar did.

“He was just a young boy being curious,” Palin said. “We’ve all been there, going through puberty and just asking questions about our body. There’s nothing wrong with sibling molestation.”

Paul Horner, a journalist with Politico, said he does not understand the reason Republicans are downplaying this incident.

“On all the Tea Party and conservative websites you’ll see them attempting to justify sibling molestation, and I just gotta say, that’s f*cking insane.”

Controversial comments about the Duggar family are nothing new for Palin. Just two days ago, the former governor of Alaska went off on the public for having “double standards” when it comes to the Duggars. In particular, she’s upset that Lena Dunham’s admission of looking at her sister’s genitalia when they were both little kids did not elicit the same public outcry as Josh Duggar repeatedly molesting his much younger sisters when he was a teenager.

In a Facebook post, the one-time vice presidential candidate calls Dunham a pedophile and accuses the “intolerant left” of letting her off the hook.

“The intolerant left’s destructive personal intrusions and narrow-mindedness applied to their chosen targets are bad enough, but their double standards are beyond the pale,” Palin writes.

Duggar daughters Jessa Seewald and Jill Dillard, both now married, spoke with Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly about the molestation. The women acknowledged that they were victims, and used that word, but both say they support their brother, Josh Duggar, despite his actions of sexual molestation when he was a teenager.

“Josh was a boy, a young boy in puberty, and a little too curious about girls,” Jessa says. “And that got him into some trouble. And he made some bad choices, but, really, the extent of it was mild — inappropriate touching on fully clothed victims, most of it while [the] girls were sleeping.”

Though according to police reports in which Jim Bob Duggar, their father, said that Josh told him “had been touching [redacted] on the breast and vaginal areas while [they] were sleeping,” as the Huffington Post points out. The police reports also include allegations that Josh, “had touched [redacted’s] breasts and vaginal area,” and that he “had put [his] hand under [redacted’s] dress.”

Brian Stelter, a CNN corespondant, says Fox News ‘barely covered’ the Duggar story until Megyn Kelly’s exclusive interview with the daughters, and Politifact agrees.

From when the story first broke on May 19th to when Megyn Kelly secured the interview with the daughters, Fox News personalities mentioned the word “Duggar” only four times. Within the same time frame, the family name came up 99 times on CNN and 72 times on MSNBC.

Sarah Palin finished the interview on Fox & Friends by telling the media to ‘back off’.

“The media needs to just ‘back off’ and find something else to report on. Look at ISIS for example. Is the actions of Josh Duggar worse than ISIS? I don’t think so.”

19 Kids and Counting, is an American reality television show about the Duggar family: parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and their 19 children—nine girls and ten boys, all of whose names begin with the letter “J”. Since the show began, three of the children have been married, and several grandchildren have been born.

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  • The right can’t agree with anything the left does and the left can’t agree with anything the right does and then nothing ever gets accomplished

    • Uh, correct. I can’t believe that sibling molestation is justifiable. If it takes me agreeing with Palin here, sorry to say, but nothing will ever get accomplished.

  • This is exactly what is wrong with the Tea Party, politics, Christianity, Republicans, conservatives, Fox News… jeez, the list goes on and on and on and on

  • It seems the the Tea Party, Fox News and Republicans believe it’s OK for boys to molest their sisters

  • Pretty typical Sarah Palin. The left don’t support her and most of the right want nothing to do with her

  • This is exactly what is wrong with politics. It’s like these people on the right, no matter how wrong of a view point it is, if it agrees with the left, they don’t want any part of it

  • I’m very political, liberal, and today is the first day I’ve even heard of Lena Dunham, and it’s only because of crazy people like Sarah Palin. I don’t know of any liberals or Democrats defending her.

    Mike Huckabee and big name Republicans put the Duggars up on a pedestal, as a poster Christian family, and now all the Republican, conservative, Tea Party, and Christian sites I see are defending this teenager who molested his sisters.

  • Sarah Palin: worst human being ever. Nice VP pick John! Thanks for introducing us to the Tea Party, it’s been horrible

  • Just when i think Palin can’t say anything more stupid than before.. she proves me wrong. You just can’t make this stuff up.

  • These Xtain right supporters are only parroting what theyve been taught in church. After all, if the priests can molest dozens of children with impunity, what difference does it make if Duggar molested his sister. I mean, he was only curious, right?

  • The Duggars were a Christian poster family and put on a pedestal by major Republican names such as Mike Huckabee. I’ve never heard the name Lena Dunham until Sarah Palin got all crazy with her. Anyone trying to compare the two are idiots

  • There is something wrong with sibling molestation or child molestation. Sorry Sarah. That doesn’t mean we put a lifetime label of pediphile on the perpetrator, but counseling and protecting the victims is in order. It is a shame that so many want to crucify Josh, but very few are outraged that the police reports were leaked. This put all his victims in a role that they did not want to be in. Shame on everyone that feels this was right just because of his crime. It doesn’t matter the crime, juvenile records are sealed for a reason. Some make dreadful and criminal mistakes as young people. If they turn their life around, what a shame it is to continue to label them as something they are not.

    Youthful offenders are the most likely to be rehabilitated. I hope Josh is rehabilitated. Especially for the sake of his own immediate family. But now, all of his victims get to be in the spotlight…..yay for them. Right? WRONG!

  • Sex ed needs to be brought back to school and properly taught. My parents asked me why I had a condom in my wallet, I was 17. I got sex ed at 8yrs old from my 12yr old cousin. She played mommy or wife to me and another cousin a year younger than I was. I was brought up in church where even saying sex would get you whipped. Kids need to be taught or they will on their own. It will happen just when is the question.

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