Republican Party staffer Elizabeth Lauten had triggered controversy with her comments about US president Barack Obama’s daughters Sasha and Malia. She later stepped down from her position, Fincher’s chief of staff confirmed on Monday.
Lauten, communications director for US Rep. Steve Fincher, R-Tenn, has made a controversial post on social networking site Facebook, asking the Obama girls to “show more class” during the annual White House turkey pardoning event.
In a Facebook post, Lauten wrote, “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. Rise to the occasion. Act like being in the White House matters to you. Dress like you deserve respect, not a spot at a bar.”
Lauten confirmed the reports of her resignation on a telephonic interview with the NBC News on Monday.
She told the television channel that her “departure was already in the works”.
GOP Staffer Elizabeth Lauten tells NBC News she is “resigning today” following her comments about Sasha and Malia Obama
— Alex Moe (@AlexNBCNews) December 1, 2014
After the post sparked controversy, Lauten extended apology on Facebook for “judging” the girls. The post was later taken down.
“I quickly judged the two young ladies in a way that I would never have wanted to be judged myself as a teenager. After many hours of prayer, talking to my parents, and re-reading my words online I can see more clearly just how hurtful my words were,” she said in her apology.
Lauten’s comments were largely targeted on the social media.