Elizabeth Lauten, a staffer for some GOP congressperson from Tennessee, needs to learn that if you pick a fight with teenage girls, you’re going to lose.
Take it from a recovering middle school English teacher: don’t even start. Even if you’re right — and in this case you are not — you’re going to come across as both a bully and a prig, and you’ll be the one heaped with scorn, not the girls.
When you apologize, do the whole thing, not just the “if I offended” half-assed non-apology. While you’re at it, apologize to the kids’ parents for hinting that they’re anti-American and blah.
Now go to your room.