Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, has come to the defense of Josh Duggar.

In a lengthy Facebook post, Huckabee scolded “blood-thirsty media” for its role in reporting the news that Josh Duggar, the oldest son of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, the Arkansas family featured in TLC's reality series 19 Kids And Counting, had confessed to molesting young girls as a teenager and resigned his post as executive director at the Christian conservative Family Research Council (FRC), a group vocally opposed to LGBT rights.

(Related: Josh Duggar, who called LGBT people a threat to children, admits he molested girls.)

Earlier this month, the Duggar family endorsed Huckabee's campaign.

“Josh's actions when he was an underage teen are as he described them himself, 'inexcusable,' but that doesn't mean 'unforgivable,'” Huckabee wrote. “He and his family dealt with it and were honest and open about it with the victims and the authorities.”

“Good people make mistakes and do regrettable and even disgusting things. The reason that the law protects disclosure of many actions on the part of a minor is that the society has traditionally understood something that today's blood-thirsty media does not understand – that being a minor means that one’s judgement is not mature. Those who have enjoyed revealing this long ago sins in order to discredit the Duggar family have actually revealed their own insensitive bloodthirst, for there was no consideration of the fact that the victims wanted this to be left in the past and ultimately a judge had the information on file destroyed – not to protect Josh, but the innocent victims.”

People for the American Way's Drew Courtney appeared on MSNBC's PoliticsNation where he pointed out Huckabee's apparent hypocrisy.

“I do think it's fair to look at how he has decided to respond to other issues that have come up,” Courtney told host Al Sharpton. “He was responding with outrage when gay and lesbian people were allowed to serve openly in the military. … He's responded with so much outrage to marriage equality that he's compared gay people to Nazi propagandists and people who have sex with sheep.”

“Now he seems kind of stung by the judgment that he's feeling or feels the Duggars have received, but he's responded with bitterness and judgment at every step along the way of our country's progress to legal equality for gay people. And I hope that, frankly, he remembers this feeling next time he decides that he should be attacking gay and lesbian families in order to score some political points,” he added.

(Related: TLC pulls 19 Kids And Counting in wake of Josh Duggar child molestation claims.)