Jessa Duggar clapped back at a commenter on one of her YouTube videos who accused her of trying to ‘distract’ the public in the wake of Josh’s child porn conviction.
Jessa, 29, has been quite active on social media in the past couple of weeks, after her older brother Josh, 33, was found guilty of downloading child pornography.
On Wednesday, she uploaded a YouTube video of her family having a pre-Christmas celebration, prompting a viewer to comment that Jessa’s father, Jim Bob, ‘got you out here distracting us.’
Rather than ignore the comment, Jessa fired back, calling the accusation ‘ridiculous’ and chastising the commenter for her ‘rudeness.’
Jessa Duggar clapped back at a commenter on one of her YouTube videos who accused her of trying to ‘distract’ the public in the wake of Josh’s child porn conviction
She uploaded a YouTube video of her family having a pre-Christmas celebration, prompting a viewer to comment that Jessa’s father, Jim Bob, ‘got you out here distracting us’
Jessa fired back: ‘That is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard. But thanks for softening your rudeness with a compliment’
On December 9, Josh was found guilty of federal charges of receiving and possessing child pornography, after one agent described the content on his computer as being among the ‘worst of the worst’ that he’d seen.
He was immediately taken into custody and now awaits sentencing, which could land him up to 20 years behind bars.
Several members of the Duggar family attended Josh’s trial on various days, but most had gone quiet on social media during that week.
However, posting has picked right back up again, with many members of the Duggar family sharing Christmas content on Instagram and YouTube.
That led one viewer to speculate that they were trying to do damage control and get people’s minds off Josh’s crimes.
‘We know Jim Bob got you out here distracting us sis,’ a commenter wrote on Jessa’s YouTube video. ‘but it’s okay we love you Jessa, you so pretty.’
Jessa, 29, has been quite active on social media in the past couple of weeks, after her older brother Josh, 33, was found guilty of downloading child pornography
The Duggars – including Joy Anna, pictured – certainly have been posting a lot lately, uploading photos and videos that project that things are business-as-usual for the family
Jana Duggar (left) posted some content from a group outing
Even John David and his wife Abbie, who post infrequently, have shared a photo on Instagram
Jinger and her husband Jeremy Vuolo have been posting photos of themselves in Los Angeles, while James and Jason have also shared their own Christmas content
Jessa soon replied, writing: ‘That is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard. [crying laughing emoji] But thanks for softening your rudeness with a compliment.’
The Duggars certainly have been posting a lot lately, uploading photos and videos that project that things are business-as-usual for the family.
Jinger and her husband Jeremy Vuolo have been posting photos of themselves in Los Angeles, while Jana, James, Jason, John David, and Joy Anna have also shared their own Christmas content.
The family certainly does seem to be making an effort to show that their lives are happily continuing on even as the eldest brother of the bunch is behind bars for a heinous crime.
Earlier this month, Josh was slapped with a guilty verdict after jurors deliberated for six hours on charges of possessing child pornography and receipt of child pornography, both punishable by 20 years in jail and a $250,000 fine.
Josh Duggar, 33, was convicted of receiving and possessing child pornography and is in jail awaiting sentencing
The jurors had heard herd how he used his self-taught tech skills to scour the dark web for sick videos of little girls being tortured, humiliated, and abused.
Graphic titles such as ‘pedo mom,’ ‘play tot sweetie,’ ‘Daisy’s destruction,’ and ‘ultra hard pedo pedofilia’ left little to the imagination.
The warped cache was so disturbing that a seasoned FBI child exploitation investigator said it was ‘in the top five of the worst of the worst that I’ve ever had to examine.’
Judge Timothy Brooks remanded Duggar in custody under a mandatory rule based on the seriousness of his crimes and said he will have to wait around four months to be sentenced.
After the sentencing, several members of the Duggar family released statements.
Certainly the strongest condemnation came from Jill and her husband Derick Dillard, who wrote: ‘Today was difficult for our family.
‘Our hearts go out to the victims of child abuse or any kind of exploitation. We are thankful for the hard work of law enforcement, including investigators, forensic analysts, prosecutors, and all others involved who save kids and hold accountable those responsible for their abuse.
Jill Duggar and her husband Derick Dillard released a strong public statement after the conviction
They wrote that no one is above the law, and used a bible verse to call out hypocrisy
‘Nobody is above the law,’ they continued. ‘It applies equally to everybody, no matter your wealth, status, associations, gender, race, or any other factor. Today, the people of the Western District of Arkansas made that clear in their verdict.
‘As a Christian [family], we believe we are all equal at the foot of the cross, and, likewise, we are all equal under the law. Jesus warned his disciples, “…[b]eware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. Therefore, whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops.” (Luke 12:1-3).’
While they did not name names, their statement also condemned those who have excused and enabled Josh — which appears to be a dig at Jill’s father Jim Bob.
While Jill and her father have a strained relationship wherein Jill is not allowed to visit the family home without his permission, Josh has lived in a property on the family estate and has unfettered access to the house.
‘Moreover,’ Jill and Derick wrote, ‘“[h]e who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous are both alike an abomination to the Lord.” (Proverbs 17:15).
‘We have been lied to so much that we wanted to hear the evidence for ourselves in court,’ they said. ‘After seeing all the evidence as it was presented, we believe that the jury reached a just verdict today, consistent with the truth beyond a reasonable doubt.’
Parents Jim Bob and Michell wrote: ‘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’
Jim Bob had only been present for the last few days of the trial and was pictured smiling on each occasion
They concluded by pointing out just how many people have been hurt by Josh’s crimes.
‘Josh’s actions have rippled far beyond the epicenter of the offense itself. Children have scars, but his family is also suffering the fallout of his actions,’ they said.
‘Our hearts are sensitive to the pains Josh’s wife, Anna, and their seven children have already endured and will continue to process in the future. This trial has felt more like a funeral than anything else.
‘Josh’s family has a long road ahead. We stand with them, we are praying for them, and we will seek to support them however we can during this dark time,’ they concluded.
Meanwhile, parents Jim Bob and Michelle also released a brief statement on their website.
Jim Bob had only been present for the last few days as his son was on trial for downloading photos and videos of children being sexually abused.
He was pictured smiling for cameras as he entered the court on several days. Michelle was not in court at all.
‘This entire ordeal has been very grievous,’ they wrote. ‘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.
Meanwhile, Jinger Duggar and her husband Jeremy Vuolo said: ‘We are saddened for the victims of horrific child abuse’
‘We are also saddened for Josh’s family, his wife and precious children,’ they added, noting: ‘For Josh, we fear for his soul’
‘In the days ahead, we will do all we can to surround our daughter-in-law Anna and their children with love and support.
‘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.’
A statement from Joy-Anna Duggar, another of Josh’s victims, and her husband Austyn Forsyth read: ‘Over this last year, as you can imagine, there have been a lot of unanswered questions in our minds regarding Josh. We were able to sit through the trial to hear the evidence for ourselves.
‘We agree with judicial system’s verdict and we are thankful for the men and women who work tirelessly to protect children and help prevent sexual abuse material. Our hearts break for all CSAM victims.
‘We are praying for Anna and her children.’
Meanwhile, Jinger Duggar and her husband Jeremy Vuolo said: ‘We are saddened for the victims of horrific child abuse. We are also saddened for Josh’s family, his wife and precious children.’
essa and her husband Ben Seewald released a short statement after several days
Ben wrote on Instagram: ‘Our hearts break for Josh’s family, and we ask your continued prayers for them in the unfathomable grief and pain they are enduring’
‘When a professing follower of Jesus is exposed as a hypocrite, the response of many will be to challenge the integrity of Jesus himself,’ they said. ‘They’ll question the legitimacy of a Savior whose so-called followers privately delight in the sins they publicly denounce. This is why the Apostle Paul told religious hypocrites that “the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you (Romans 2:24).”
‘For Josh, we fear for his soul.’
The statement went on: ‘We are thankful to God for exposing Josh’s actions and to a legal system committed to protecting the innocent and punishing the guilty in this case. We are grateful for justice. We are praying for further justice, vindication, protection, and healing for all those who have been wronged.’
Finally, Jessa and her husband Ben Seewald released a short statement after several days.
‘From the moment we learned about this case against Josh we have prayed that God would cause the truth to be known, no matter what it was, and that the facts would be followed no matter where they led,’ read the statement, shared on Ben’s Twitter account.
‘We are grieved beyond words over the children exploited and abused in child sexual abuse material, and we are thankful for our justice system in its punishment of such evils. Our hearts break for Josh’s family, and we ask your continued prayers for them in the unfathomable grief and pain they are enduring.’