The chief spokesman for the Republican National Committee is criticizing the media for piling on a GOP House staffer for her widely-reported negative comments about President Obama’s daughters.
It was announced Monday that Elizabeth Lauten, the spokeswoman for Tennessee Republican Rep. Steven Fincher, plans to resign her position for a weekend Facebook post telling the first daughters to “try showing a little class.” After a media firestorm, Lauten deleted and apologized for the post.
But the RNC says the media mob doesn’t cover stories to this extent when it has to do with Democrats.
“Children, especially the first daughters, are off limits,” RNC spokesman Sean Spicer wrote in a post on Twitter. “While the comments were inappropriate and insensitive, the mainstream media’s coverage of this story is appalling. In over 20 years in politics, I have never seen one of the countless inappropriate comments by Democrats ever covered to a faction of this.”
Everything started when Lauten took to Facebook over the weekend to criticize the daughters for their appearance and behavior when with their dad at the White House turkey pardoning ceremony. Both girls were dressed casually, as they stood behind their father.
“Act like being in the White House matters to you,” Lauten wrote. “Dress like you deserve respect, not a spot at a bar. And certainly don’t make faces during televised, public events.”