Duggar Family Friend Bobye Holt Calls for Jim Bob Duggar to ‘Withdraw’ From Senate Run After Josh Duggar’s Trial

Duggar family followers keeping up with Josh Duggar’s trial know he was found guilty on two counts of downloading and possessing child sexual abuse material. A number of witnesses testified during the trial, and Duggar family friend, Bobye Holt, was one of them. More recently, Bobye commented on a petition in support of Jim Bob Duggar withdrawing from running for a seat in the Arkansas State Senate. Here’s what she said.

Bobye Holt’s testimony in Josh Duggar’s trial revealed a lot about Josh’s past

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Josh Duggar speaks during the 42nd annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) | Kris Connor/Getty Images

Bobye Holt and Jim Holt knew the Duggars for decades — and when Bobye Holt took the stand multiple times in Josh Duggar’s trial, she didn’t hold back in sharing the truth. According to The Sun, Jim Holt knew Jim Bob Duggar when they were children, and they both took part in Arkansas state politics together. The Duggar kids and the Holt kids also appeared to be quite close. Bobye Holt’s testimony revealed Josh Duggar had a failed courtship with the couple’s oldest daughter, too.

Bobye’s testimony detailed how Josh allegedly inappropriately touched multiple young girls when he was between 12 and 15 years old. She alleged the youngest child Josh touched inappropriately was 5 years old. Additionally, she said Josh shared more about his alleged molestation with her in 2005. During her testimony, she broke down in tears and explained she still loved Josh despite what he did.

Bobye Holt supports a petition calling to remove Jim Bob Duggar’s ballot from the Arkansas State Senate run

Since Josh Duggar’s trial and guilty verdict, Bobye and Jim Holt have become more vocal about their experience with the Duggar family and Josh’s secrets of the past. In Touch Weekly reports in response to one social media user praising Bobye for her testimony, Bobye wrote, “Unfortunately, we’ve been screaming this from the mountain tops for 18+ years, but no one would believe us.”

Now, Bobye is continuing to speak her mind. Not long before the trial, Jim Bob Duggar announced his run for a seat in the Arkansas State Senate. A petition on Change.org calls to remove Jim Bob from the ballot.

“This petition is correct when it says house in order,” Bobye commented, according to a screenshot posted to Reddit. “Charity begins at home. He needs to withdraw and take care of his house. THAT is the right thing to do.”

The Duggar family released a statement about Josh Duggar’s guilty verdict

It doesn’t look like Jim Bob Duggar withdrew from the Arkansas State Senate run after Josh Duggar’s guilty verdict. But he and Michelle Duggar did release a statement following the end of the trial.

“This entire ordeal has been very grievous,” the couple wrote on the Duggar Family blog. Today, God’s grace, through the love and prayers of so many, has sustained us. Our hearts and prayers are with anyone who has ever been harmed through CSAM.”

“In the days ahead, we will do all we can to surround our daughter-in-law Anna and their children with love and support,” the statement continues. “As parents, we will never stop praying for Joshua, and loving him, as we do all of our children. In each of life’s circumstances, we place our trust in God. He is our source of strength and refuge. Thank you for your prayers.”

Jill Duggar and her husband, Derick Dillard, as well as Joy-Anna Duggar, Amy Duggar, and Jessa Duggar’s husband, Ben Seewald, also commented on the trial’s outcome.

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