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Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar employed an impressive kind of logic Wednesday, standing by comments comparing transgender people to pedophiles with the justification that their son Josh—who admitted to molesting four of his sisters—was a “child preying on a child,” not a pedophile.

Megyn: Michelle let me ask you, because you were in the news for making a robocall that suggested transgender people might want to go into the bathrooms of girls, locker rooms of girls, and that they may be child molesters. Folks have used that in the past week against you saying how could you unfairly, in their view, compare transgender people to child molesters, suggest 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 that the legal definition is 16 and up for being an adult preying on a child. So he was a child preying on a child.

Megyn: You do not view Josh as a pedophile.

Both parents: No.

“I know everyone of us has done things wrong. That’s why Jesus came,” Michelle explains. “I feel like this is more about... there’s an agenda.”


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