‘Counting On’: Do These Two Duggar Family Members Have Different Political Views?
The Duggar family is well-known for having fundamentalist Christian views and primarily conservative political opinions. Although they are mostly quiet about their political views on TLC’s Counting On, just as they were on 19 Kids and Counting, the Duggar family members frequently take to social media to share their personal perspectives.
Some of the married Duggar girls, like Jill Dillard, Joy-Anna Forsyth, and Jinger Vuolo, have made headlines for pushing back against the established family rules on modesty by wearing pants and slightly shorter skirts. But do any of the Duggar family members have different views on politics or religion than the others?
Read on to learn about two of the Duggar family members who might have some slightly different perspectives.
Most of the Duggar family seems to share the same political and religious views
The Duggar family has long been involved in politics, though they don’t often discuss it on TLC. Family patriarch Jim-Bob Duggar even served in the Arkansas House of Representatives as a Republican for several years. Jim-Bob and Michelle Duggar both endorsed Governor Mike Huckabee’s presidential campaign, praising his Christian faith and pro-life views.
Josh Duggar’s wife Anna Duggar frequently shares pro-life views on social media. In fact, many of the Duggar family members are vocally pro-life, participating in March for Life events, sharing pro-life sentiments on Twitter and Instagram, and attending screenings of anti-abortion films.
20-year-old Jedidiah Duggar of Counting On recently joined the Duggar clan on Instagram and got his own account. The accounts he follows paint a similar picture of his religious and political views. Jed follows Fox News, President Trump, Governor Mike Huckabee, the Republican Party, and other official accounts with views along the same lines.
Jessa Seewald’s husband Ben Seewald has a different perspective
Jessa Seewald’s husband, Ben Seewald, shares many of the Duggar family’s major principles, including pro-life views. However, he has markedly departed from his in-laws’ opinions in a few ways.
Many of the Duggars openly supported President Donald Trump during his campaign, including Jill Duggar Dillard’s husband Derick Dillard. Most of them also appear to identify as Republicans.
Seewald condemned some of Trump’s comments about women in the past and said that he voted for neither Trump nor Clinton in the 2016 election. (Seewald voted for a third-party candidate, whom he did not name.)
He also wrote on Twitter in August 2017, “I’m not a Democrat or a Republican. But I love both Democrats & Republicans. Jesus does too. He is the ultimate solution to U.S. problems.”
Seewald, unlike many of his Counting On in-laws, has also openly addressed racism. He has posted videos of conversations about police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement with Christian activists of color. Seewald has also shared support for Colin Kaepernick’s #TakeaKnee movement in protest of police brutality, as well as Black Lives Matter.
Jinger Vuolo seemed to show her support for the trans community
Jinger Vuolo, who is married to Jeremy Vuolo and currently lives in Los Angeles, remains a steadfast Christian like the rest of her family. However, fans recently wondered if Jinger’s views might slightly differ from her family members’.
Longtime Duggar fan-and-critique account Life is Not All Pickles and Hairspray reported that the Counting On star had privately written a positive Instagram comment (“Wow. So amazing, bro,” according to The Hollywood Gossip and Radar Online) to her brother-in-law, Charles Vuolo.
Charles, Jeremy’s brother, is a Harvard-trained film director in Boston and recently co-directed a feature film, Lupe, of which the Duggars would definitely not approve. The film explores an immigrant’s trans identity and the inner workings of the sex industry.
This might, of course, simply be an unsubstantiated rumor. Or Vuolo might disagree with her brother-in-law’s views and politics but still want to support his career. Still, some fans wonder if Jinger’s views differ somewhat from her parents’, especially because she was the first sister to openly ditch long skirts in public and move to a major city.