Michelle Duggar Doubles Down On Claims That Transgender People Will Molest Children

06/04/2015 03:27 pm ET | Updated Feb 02, 2016

In a June 3 interview with Fox News' Megyn Kelly, "19 Kids and Counting" stars Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar opened up about the controversy surrounding their oldest son, Josh, who recently admitted to molesting five underage girls.

During the interview, Kelly asked Michelle about a robocall she issued against an LGBT non-discrimination ordinance in Fayetteville, Arkansas last year, in which she claimed the measure would allow men, including "males with past child predator convictions that claim they are female," to use "womens' and girls' restrooms, locker rooms, showers, sleeping areas and other areas that are designated for females only."

The proposed legislation, which included real or perceived "gender identity," "gender expression" and "sexual orientation" among a list of classifications to receive protection from discrimination in employment and housing, was ultimately repealed in December 2014.

When Kelly implied that she had unfairly compared transgender people to child molesters given her son's recent admissions, Michelle doubled down on that stance.

"I think that protecting young girls and not allowing young men and men in general to go into a girls’ locker room is just common sense," she said. "This is more about — there's an agenda, and there's people that are purposing to try to bring things out and twisting them to hurt and slander."

Jim Bob also chimed in, specifying Michelle had said "pedophile," while their son, who was in his early teens at the time of the alleged molestations, was "a child preying on a child" given that the victims, including sisters Jessa Seewald and Jill Dillard, were also underage.

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