GOP comms staffer steps down after criticism of Obama kids

The communications director for Tennessee Republican Stephen Fincher stepped down on Monday, a few days after dressing down the first daughters on social media for looking bored at the annual "turkey pardoning" ceremony.

The first daughters at last week's annual "turkey pardoning" ceremony

Rep. Stephen Fincher’s (R-TN) communications director, Elizabeth Lauten, quit on Monday after intense blowback to her criticism of Malia and Sasha Obama at the annual Turkey Pardon ceremony, according to various reports.

In her initial remarks, Lauten advised the 16- and 13-year-old first daughters to "dress like you deserve respect, not a spot at the bar," and slammed their parents as poor role models.

"Then again, your mother and father don’t respect their positions very much, or the nation for that matter," Lauten said in a Facebook post. She later apologized, claiming she would not have appreciated that kind of scrutiny as a teenager.

"After many hours of prayer, talking to my parents, and re-reading my words online, I can see more clearly how hurtful my words were," the now-former congressional staffer wrote.

Lauten, who goes by @DCGOPGirl on Twitter, didn’t appease many social media users with her apology. On the flipside, the fact that Lauten’s comments cost her a job had conservatives saying a double standard exists.

— Michael Collins (@mcollinsSCRIPPS) December 1, 2014

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