A Republican congressional aide resigned this morning after sparking a huge backlash by criticizing Malia and Sasha Obama on Facebook.

Elizabeth Lauten, the communications director for Rep. Stephen Fincher of Tennessee, called out President Obama's 16 and 13-year-old daughters for their demeanor during the annual turkey pardoning ceremony at the White House.

Others had commented previously on the teens appearing to roll their eyes at one point, but Lauten wrote in a since-deleted Facebook post that the girls lacked class. 

“Rise to the occasion. Dress like you deserve respect, not a spot at the bar,” Lauten wrote. “And certainly don’t make faces during televised, public events.”

The response to her words was so strong that it came with a #FireElizabethLauten hashtag.

Lauten later issued an apology:

I wanted to take a moment and apologize to Sasha and Malia Obama, and the Obama family, for a post I made on Facebook on Friday judging them at the annual White House turkey pardoning ceremony: When I first posted on Facebook I reacted to an article and 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 more clearly see just how hurtful my words were. Please know, those judgmental feelings are truly not in my heart. Further, I apologize to those who I have hurt and offended, and I pledge to learn and grow (and I assure you I have) from this experience.

And RNC Communications Director Sean Spicer took to Twitter this morning to call out the media for its extensive coverage of Lauten's comments. He argued that offensive statements by Democrats toward Republicans are not treated the same.