GOP aide Elizabeth Lauten will resign following her controversial comments on social media aimed at President Barack Obama’s daughters, Sasha and Malia, NBC News reports.
After President Obama’s daughters appeared at the annual turkey pardoning at the White House on Thanksgiving, Lauten took to Facebook to criticize the two teens for apparently looking bored and dressing like they deserved a “spot at a bar.”
“Dear Sasha and Malia: I get you're both in those awful teen years, but you're a part of the First Family, try showing a little class. At least respect the part you play,” Lauten’s post read. “Then again, your mother and father don't respect their positions very much, or the nation for that matter, so I'm guessing you're coming up a little short in the 'good role model' department.”
Lauten also called the Obama daughters “classless” and suggested, according to CNN, that Sasha, 13, and Malia, 16, should “act like being in the White House matters to you.”
Lauten’s comments sparked a firestorm of controversy, with many calling for her resignation. It has been a longstanding, unspoken rule that criticism of the President’s children be considered off limits.
Following the criticism, Lauten issued an apology on Facebook, saying that she now clearly sees “just how hurtful my words were.”
Lauten informed NBC News that her resignation from her position as communications director for Tennessee Rep. Steven Fincher is currently underway.