Republican Who Attacked Obama Girls Was Arrested as a Teenager for Misdemeanor Larceny

Elizabeth Lauten

Apparently “misdemeanor larceny” is the new “teenager showing class” in the Republican Party.

I didn’t realize just how true it was when I wrote that Ms. Lauten had a double standard for this President’s children. And normally I wouldn’t touch a story about a GOP staffer who got arrested as a teenager, but in this case it’s not only relevant because she clearly has a projection problem but serves as a shining example of GOP double standard and white privilege in action.

So. Elizabeth Lauten, who “resigned” this morning after making a fool of herself by airing her Obama Derangement Syndrome in public by aiming it as his teenage children, was arrested as a teenager in December 2000 for misdemeanor larceny, according to court records reported by The Smoking Gun.

Yes, a 17-year-old Lauten stole from Belk department store in her North Carolina hometown according to the Smoking Gun:

Lauten, pictured above, was arrested in December 2000 for misdemeanor larceny, according to court records. Lauten, then 17, was collared for stealing from a Belk department store in her North Carolina hometown.

Because Lauten was a first-time offender, her case was handled via the District Court’s deferred prosecution program, which resulted in the charge’s eventual dismissal after the future scold stayed out of trouble for a prescribed period.

Since Lauten was just another teenager caught shoplifting at the mall, it appears unlikely that she was publicly pilloried for her lack of class, nor were her parents criticized as poor role models.

Some first offenders get shot at and killed after stealing something like, oh, say — cigars. This one rose to the ranks of privilege in the Republican Party from whence she felt it her right to scold two very well behaved young girls for acting like teenager girls who are not being arrested for larceny.

As The Smoking Gun notes, Ms. Lauten was probably not attacked in public for her lack of class and no one blamed her parents for her misdemeanor larceny charges. Remember, she scolded the Obama girls for what they wore as well. Obviously, had they stolen it from Belks, it would have been so much better:

“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. 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. Nevertheless, stretch yourself. 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. And certainly don’t make faces during televised public events.”

If this is true, this is a case of projection of Ms. Lauten’s own poor behavior onto young girls who were only slightly bored by their father’s prattling on about a turkey pardon and the ugly white hood of white privilege. The white privilege is evident in the fact that her arrest charges were dropped and she was allowed a second chance as if it were her due because she was a good girl; also known as a white girl from a good family in the South.

I believe in second chances, so good for her. But I don’t believe that skin color mitigates a person’s right to a second chance. And this is the issue. She publicly mocked the Obama girls over nothing, but expected her own apparently criminal actions as a teenager to be just part of growing up. If she knew she had this history, a smart person wouldn’t have opened herself up for closer scrutiny about the behavior of teenagers.

So what we have here is a woman who was arrested as a teenager for larceny, attacking the Obama girls over their eye rolls.

Let’s just let that marinate for a while.

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68 Replies to “Republican Who Attacked Obama Girls Was Arrested as a Teenager for Misdemeanor Larceny”

  1. Let’s not forget that attacking the Obama girls was also a despicable cover for her disgusting and racist attack on the President and First Lady of the United States: “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.”

    She owes the entire First Family an actual apology for her classless behavior. I guess maybe she didn’t have good parental role models?

  2. I blame her parents that she feels privileged enough to make a tacky assault on the Obama girl’s behavior and thinking that her own teen exploits are beyond reproach, because “Gastonia”.

  3. Having this tidbit of history revealed to the world is what is know as receiving ones ‘just desert’. If ever there was an instance that displays the hypocrisy of the ‘NEW’ Republican progeny and it’s future we need look no further than their current media proponents. Elizabeth Lauten can probably get a job working for James O’Keefe, she has about as much class as he does.

  4. No, Ms. Lauten will not apologize to the First Family because her good southern education requires to be polite to her equals or superiors.

    Since in Ms. Lauten’s warped view of the world, being not white is in itself the same as non-person, and it is ok to behave in abusive ways. And in some instances even encouraged.

    People get arrested and killed for being brown or black, even when inocent…but the white-problem-kids get a slap on the wrist and move on up!

  5. Good. They’re all disgusting on the right anyway. And dumb as can be. The RW women teach their girls to be SUBMISSIVE to men remember. I saw this on FOX last year. They do not believe in WAVA …so they pretty much tell their girls to take the beatings and the disrespect from their men. Get raped? Have the kid. Don’t ever get a job where you might become independent if he does beat you. Because heaven forbid you might not need welfare. They tell them they don’t need sex education. So when they’re molested by their dad brother whoeverthefk its all okay. The GOP do not care about their women. And that’s okay with these RW women. And if your uncle is rich and white he can beat you into submission at the ripe old age of 2-1/2 years old and no jail time for him. and if your sarah you can sleep with your husband’s best friend. Ask mcccain who left his feeble injured wife for the rich white one. Ask newt who married 10 times and yet all these folks are family values people. RIIIIGHT!

  6. Something about glass houses and stones, sticks, or rocks and being on a high horse come to mind…
    Point being we all have things we wish we could take back NOBODY is better than ANYBODY, she seems to not have learned that lesson…

  7. Surprise, surprise!! Bet she thought her record had been expunged, and was pure as the driven snow. So, once again she shames herself and her Mommy and Daddy. Why does this “lamestream media” always pick on white women?? Maybe she could be a spokesperson for Jennie Craig or another diet company, she looks a tad chubby.

  8. Like other GOP losers & lowlifes before her, she’ll soon be on wing nut welfare somewhere. A job with a super pac or with the state or national party awaits her now. There her actions will be praised & celebrated.

  9. Time and time again we have seen racism shows its ugly face in different forms. This individual who is not worthy of me mentioning her name, decided to attack the president and first lady via their children who did nothing wrong but only reacted as most children do, when their parents are telling corny jokes. The level of disrespect that have been shown to this president and his family over the years is unacceptable and must be stopped. This individual should have been fired and not given the opportunity to resign. She also owes the President and his family an apology. This woman should not be allowed to represent any constituency or be associated with anyone involved in that respective area.

  10. I agree. It seems like these assholes all ways come out of the crap pile smelling like a rose. If there`s any justice she should end up at McDonalds working like an animal for $ 7.50 hour.

  11. The trolls/cowards that are giving thumbs down on the comments here are way beyond pathetic! I guess it’s the only way they can show their hate, ignorance, stupidity, etc., by giving thumbs down without actually having to make a valid comment, (which there isn’t any), of the reason why they give the comments a thumbs down!

  12. …after her hour of prayer.
    LOL
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  13. I see my comment got two thumbs down so far with no valid comment as to why…the trolls/cowards who gave my comment, (along with all the other comments), a thumbs down just proved what I said about them!!

  14. Ms. Lauten still shows that she is “DISTURBED” in the sense that she’s got some mental Problems, socio-adjustment problems, Image problems, relation problems, adjustment problems, etc.—SHOPLIFTING as a teen-ager? Who woulda’ thunk it. And I also think she might be a closet drunk as an adult (My opinion). Hmmmm, Just saying. For someone to write what she wrote, must have been done under the influences of Jim Beam or Johnny Walker or White Lightning. After it wears off comes the: Ooooops. Too Late. Proving that one should not write and drive under the influence, you will regret it one way or the other. I am assuming okay. Not saying she is. But that crazy talk is what I see from drunk people. Ok?

  15. You know what comes next right? She will be invited to come on FOX, with Hannity or Greta, O’Relly or FOX and Friends to ‘splain what she meant, further inflaming the issue and digging her hole deeper. But, my thoughts is that she is a heroine in their eyes. High Fives all over the studio when she walks in I bet.

    SHE WILL BE INTERVIWED BY FOX. Remember I said it and you read it here first. ;)

  16. Elizabeth Lauten should not have criticized for such an insignificance from the Obama’s young ladies especially if she had a shameful history as a teenager. She just tried to belittle the president in a form she saw convenient. It did not work, and now she will regret for quite awhile for her mistake. One more republican discovered for what she is.

  17. I am a liberal and this woman is an idiot, but her charges were dropped she wasn’t convicted so we shouldn’t judge her on that either. She could have been innocent but thought it was easier to differ, we don’t know. Really, who cares anyway, her comment was absurd and she resigned. The end.

  18. Anne, the fact charges against Lauten were dropped speaks to white privilege once again. Your argument is against the point. The point is that Lauten was arrested for shoplifting. Who is she to pass judgement? Who is she to criticize the “first parents”? This woman is a racist hypocrite and I suspect that you are, too.

  19. Anne, the fact charges against Lauten were dropped speaks to white privilege once again. Your argument is against the point. The point is that Lauten was arrested for shoplifting. Who is she to pass judgement? Who is she to criticize the “first parents”? This woman is a racist hypocrite and I suspect that you are, too. You are far too dismissive of Lauten’s past behavior. I don’t really care about what she did as a teenager, but her viciousness towards the first daughters is criminal. BTW, Sasha and Mailia have not been arrested for anything, and I doubt if they ever will be.

  20. Next we’ll be hearing in typical Bagger fashion, her whining about her privacy being exposed. KARMA!!

    BREAKING NEWS: The carnival has come to town!! The trolls have climbed out from under their rocks! Happy to see the carnival has set up the Whack-A-Bagger game!! They just make is so damm easy to Whack them!!

    Amber Alert to Baggers: Your rocks are looking for you!!

  21. The charges were dropped? From what I’ve read she was guilty, but …

    “Lauten, pictured above, was arrested in December 2000 for misdemeanor larceny, according to court records. Lauten, then 17, was collared for stealing from a Belk department store in her North Carolina hometown.

    “Because Lauten was a first-time offender, her case was handled via the District Court’s deferred prosecution program, which resulted in the charge’s eventual dismissal after the future scold stayed out of trouble for a prescribed period.”

    That’s not saying she didn’t shoplift. She was guilty. The charges weren’t dropped, they were dismissed after she “served” her time without breaking any other laws.

    http://www.thesmokinggun.com/buster/Elizabeth-Lauten-arrest-786543

  22. It’s also been revealed that the now unemployed 31 year old worked for DeadBeat Dad Joe Walsh in his first and only term!!

    Speaks volumes about her morals and ethics!!

  23. If you’re innocent, you are not given what is basically a form of probation to prove you can stay clean and the charge would then be dropped.

    She’s fair game. She’s 31 – an adult that’s stunned & stupid for her actions.

    That she first worked for Dead Beat Dad Joe Walsh speaks volumes as to her morals & ethics.

  24. I said to Elizabeth yesterday, “You opened up a can of whoop ass on yourself” To work in communications and insult the president’s kids…? Idiocy. Now, the media is going to concentrate their considerable weight on finding out everything they can about you. Wow. She was never fit for her job. White privilege and knowing the right person got her her job.

  25. If she were innocent, she would not have been given what is basically a form of probation to prove she could keep clean before the charge was dropped as a first time offender.

    She’s now 31 and fair game.

    That she worked for Dead Beat Dad Rep. Joe Walsh in his first and only term, speaks volumes as to her morals & ethics — possesses none!!

  26. Many people who express them self in such a manner of hate and disrespect have a deep seeded problem with a Black Family being in authority. If she was practicing true Christian faith, evil thoughts would not have entered her mind to write such a demonic, hateful letter with lies and untruth against the First Family who are EXCELLENT parents and good role models to many people around the world. This family has shown the world they are good role models, honest, kind hearted with compassion. The daughter are bless to have their grandmother living with them.
    How dare Elizabeth speak against this black family. Elizabeth need to repent and ask God to forgive her. True Christian
    believers do not do such ungodly things. The Bible tells us to pray for those in
    “authority” such as Kings and Presidents
    who have rule over us so we can have a quite and peaceable life. Lord have mercy and give grace to all who need your Holy Spirit to guide them so they don’t error. AMEN

  27. Sarah, you do realize that mike brown was not shot and killed for stealing cigars, right? In fact, In your own words back in august “The fact that the officer who shot Michael Brown didn’t know that he was a suspect in a robbery undercuts the police attempts to sell the story that Brown deserved to be shot and killed.”.
    So in one piece, officer wilson was wrong for stopping Michael brown because he had no idea he was wanted in a strong arm robbery, and now it has become officer wilson was wrong because he killed him over this same thing (according to you). Please read the gj report: wilson initially did not realize it, then he did (which is why he called for back-up) but ultimately he shot Michael brown after he was assaulted and an attempt to take his weapon from him, and not for stealing. I have liberal leaning (which is why I am visiting this site) but my ultimate enemy is the increasing lies and distortions from both sides.

  28. I saw this earlier. I decided to randomly check one of her assertions, the one about how the second autopsy showed that his hands were up. Then I did some digging on the characters who performed this (Purcells) and even CNN is now saying this guy is a fraud. Luckily I do my own fact digging and don’t rely on a Kansas teenager to enlighten me.
    No doubt that the person who criticized the daughters was wrong even before she was exposed as also being a hypocrite, but to tie this into the ferguson situation is a distraction. It undermines the credibility of otherwise well-deserved criticism.

  29. “Purcells” did not preform the autopsy.

    An independent autopsy of police brutality victim Mike Brown seemed to confirm eyewitness testimony that he was executed while attempting to surrender to officer Darren Wilson.

    The family hired Dr. Michael M. Baden, a well respected forensic pathologist, to do a second examination of their son, because they did not want to depend on the police and government agencies to investigate themselves.

    Read more at http://thefreethoughtproject.com/mike-brown-autopsy/#yEbmhl0CKMr8eiDG.99

    Oh BTW the mans name is Parcell

  30. Petty larceny in 2001 by a 17 year old minor? Really? This is news? Wow…some more poor reporting from our media. I agree that Lauten’s report was foolish (at best). But Jones’ sensationalism of a petty larceny (not strong armed robbery) is typical of our current media. Poor, poor, poor reporting.

  31. This goes to show how entitled and spoiled some White folks believe they are over Black folks. Very useful article, which puts everything in perspective.

  32. To suggest that the girls, who were dressed modestly, as usual, with long sleeved sweaters & tights were dressed for a bar just further demonstrates the complete insanity this degenerate woman suffers from.

    She’s projecting the way she dresses for bars & her own actions onto those innocent girls.

  33. Sometimes it’s easier to not say anything but just let the person you disagree with them. Seen some really obviously hateful and stupid posts I’ve thumbs downed no need to state the obvious. The ups and downs are there for a reason, it’s like when you wet your finger and hold it up to check which way the wind is blowing.

  34. My point, too, exactly! Just got online to write it…However, it bears repeating –
    “People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.”

  35. what goes around comes around Elizabeth your world is not so clean after all what were you thinking with those comments look at what your putting your family threw those are two really beautiful young ladies who deserve nothing but respect one day you will have children or you may already have children what will you think when someone says disrespctful things about you kids answer you never thought of it did you.

  36. The privileged classes never believe the laws they enact apply to them.

    Prohibition is a shining example. And criminalization of weed and cocaine.

    Television, the church pulpit and radio are one-way media. The Web is 2-way. The overlords aren’t prepared for their audience to talk back.

  37. How is this any different than the release of the convenience store tape? So, when they dig for after-the-fact dirt, it’s travesty and when we do it, it’s what ~ assimilation?

  38. Oh Karma is a beeeeaaatch!

    She went on Fox last night (she is beginning a Victim Tour) and said she “put a lot of thought” into what she said about the President and the First Lady and doubled down on it. But not the girls, because Jesus told her it wasn’t nice.
    And there’s all kinds of whining coming from the right wing about her being persecuted by liberals!! Open your fat, ugly mouth and you can take what’s coming, but of course she hid.
    She is a despicable human being – and she meant every minute of it.
    Karma Karma Karma-I love you!

  39. Not very surprised. Hypocrisy is a Republican’s favorite game and one of the very few things they really excel at.

  40. Is the author’s statement ‘Some first offenders get shot at and killed after stealing something like, oh, say — cigars’ a ridiculous statement about Michael Brown. That thug was not a first time offender, rather he had a lengthy violent criminal history… Additionally he didn’t commit larceny, he committed burglary and assault.

    It’s reasonable to ask the the first family to show a little more class, teenagers or not, than their average peers. All of the whitehouse kids go through the scrutiny. Trying to throw in michael brown references is ignorant and irrelevant and seems to be an attempt by the author to hitch her star to the latest News frenzy.

  41. Sorry, but Mike Brown did not have a record. A 27 year old did with the same name however.

    You guys need to get out more. You come here and make horrible fools of yourself. Dont you ever get past fox snooze?

    As for the First Family, the kids did nothing wrong. ANd they have vastly more class then you would ever have

  42. This idiots comments makes me wonder…. is she a product of inbreeding?? Perhaps we should look at her uncle-dad and auntie-mom for an explanation. Beeeeeeeotch!!!!!!

  43. Attacking teens for teen behavior is bad form. I do agree, though, that standing on national television with millions watching is a good time to put forth your best image. As for their attire, I thought they looked clean, well put together and classy without overstatement. As for their posture… I only know Marines who can statue themselves for long stretches of time. It was a cheap attack without merit. There is one thing I want to add to this article. Regarding “white privilege,” there is really no such thing. The privilege you see in America belongs primarily to whites. But, it is not color which unites them. It is their oaths to their secret satanic societies. There are also black members. Their SSS is called Boule. Jackson and Sharpton are members. These men, white and black, are Satanists. They are everywhere in the upper echelons of power. Famous Satanists you didn’t know were SSS: Helen Keller, Karl Marx, most popes, almost all Jesuits, Walt Disney… et al.

  44. When are the Right Wing Propagandist at FOX going to invite her on their shows and embrace her with all their might? ;) =:(

    Maybe she was booked but declined: Too embarrassed by it all right now. Shamed and scorned by the majority, supported and comforted by the haters. There it is.

  45. Anne, the charges may have been dropped and her record expunged, the fact remains is that she did it. So therefore “If the shoe fits, wear it” In this case, the pot can’t call the kettle black and she “wears” the shoe well…ijs

  46. There is always some miscreant that always brings race into the discussion because they have nothing else to offer. Well done. Honey, you and your ilk are a huge part of this nation’s problems. Unbelievable.

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