Thursday, June 4, 2015

Michelle Duggar Responds to Anti-Trans Robocall Hypocrisy during Fox News Interview

I watched just enough of the Megyn Kelly interview with Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar last night on Fox News to recognize that this couple just dug a horrible public relations hole for themselves. It was very uncomfortable to watch.

I was mostly interesting in Megyn Kelly's question about the robocall that Michelle Duggar made in Arkansas this past August against an LGBT right ordinance -- arguing that it would allow men to dress as women and sexually assault women and girls in the bathrooms and that there would be nothing to be done about it. It always seemed hypocritical for Michelle to falsely malign trans women as threats to girls when she couldn't even protect her own children from... her own children.

This is the exchange that occurred when Megyn Kelly asked Michelle Duggar about the robocalls:
Megyn: Michelle, let me ask you because you were in the news for making a robocall that suggested that transgender people might want to go into the bathrooms of girls -- locker rooms of girls -- and that they might be child molesters. Folks have used that against you, saying "How could you unfairly (in their view) compare transgender people to child molesters -- suggest that they are child molesters -- knowing what you know about Josh?

Michelle: I think that protecting young girls and not allowing young men and men in general to go into a girls locker room is just common sense.

Megyn: But this is different because you injected child molestation into it.

Jim Bob: I think you actually said "pedophile" in that and actually a pedophile is an adult that preys on children. Joshua was actually 14 and just turned 15 when he did what he did. And I think the legal definition is being 16 and up for being an adult preying on a child. But he was a child preying on a child.

Megyn: You do not view Josh as a pedophile.

Jim Bob and Michelle: No.

Megyn: What I'm asking you is can you understand the critics reaction to this news? 

Michelle: I can understand that but I think we've never... I know that everyone of us has done things wrong. That's why Jesus came. I feel like this is more about... *lengthy pause* There's an agenda. And there's people that are purposing to try to bring things out and twisting them to hurt and slander.
You can watch the whole thing here, starting at the 5:05 mark.

I frankly feel like TLC needs to cut "19 Kids & Counting" loose. Go ahead with the spin-off featuring the Duggar brides. Or find a new family to feature on the cable channel. But it's time for TLC to let go.

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