Jill Duggar Talks Politics on Election Day, Says ‘We Don’t Side With Parties’
Jill Duggar is spreading the word about the importance of voting this Super Tuesday. The Counting On star took to Instagram to urge everyone to vote if there’s an election happening in their state today. (Fourteen states are holding elections on March 3.)
While Jill didn’t reveal who she cast a ballot for in the Arkansas primary election, she did offer some hints about her political views when replying to a follower’s comment.
Jill comes from a conservative family
Jill grew up in a Republican family. Her dad Jim Bob Duggar was even a member of the Arkansas House of Representatives and ran for U.S. Senate. This year, her younger brother Jeb Duggar is running as a Republican for Arkansas State Representative.
As an adult, Jill hasn’t had much to say about politics. But she’s made her pro-life views clear. And her husband Derick Dillard has been outspoken about his conservative political positions. He’s caught flak for offensive comments about fellow TLC star Jazz Jennings (remarks that supposedly got him and his family booted from their show), has called Planned Parenthood a hate group, and said he planned to vote for Donald Trump in 2016.
Jill says she focuses on candidates, not political party
Based on what we know about her beliefs, it seems likely that Jill tends to vote Republican over Democratic. But she says that she doesn’t blindly follow one party, instead choosing to focus on individual candidates, as she recently revealed.
After Jill urged her fans to get out and exercise their right to vote, an Instagram follower commented that she follows “Jesus’ example to stay neutral. He never sided with any party.” But Jill pushed back on the idea that as a Christian, she shouldn’t take sides when it comes to politics.
“I’m not so sure I agree on that….but to each their own,” she wrote. “We don’t side with parties…we just pick the candidate that we think will do the best job.”
Jill went on to say that “no option is perfect.” However, given that someone will be elected, she felt it was important to make a choice, especially when it comes to local elections.
“We each have the ability to choose who will be making so many decisions on behalf of all of us as well as other issues that are voted on at the local level,” she wrote. “I don’t feel I can turn a blind eye.”
Jill Duggar has celebrated women getting the right to vote
This isn’t the first time that Jill has talked about the importance of voting. In July 2019, she attended an event at the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion celebrating the 100th anniversary of women getting the right to vote.
Some people called Jill out for the post, saying that it was hypocritical since “the ladies in your family have no rights.” But she received praise from her husband, who wrote on Instagram that he was “proud of my wife @jillmdillard celebrating women’s rights.”
Jill is also passing down her belief in the importance of voting to her kids. When she went to vote on Tuesday, Samuel and Israel each had sample ballots that they could fill out.
“We had fun this year printing off sample ballots for the boys to each have their own to practice with,” she wrote. “They loved it!”