West Virginia Mayor Resigns Over Michelle Obama 'Ape In Heels' Facebook Post

Government officials came under fire after they made racist comments about the First Lady

Beverly Whaling, the mayor of Clay, West Virginia, has resigned from her role amid controversy over a racist Facebook post which described First Lady Michelle Obama an "ape in heels."

Officials in Clay confirmed the resignation came into effect immediately on Tuesday, The Washington Post reports, following comments made by Pamela Ramsey Taylor, a former director of Clay County Development Corporation. A representative from the corporation said Taylor was also "removed" from her post on Monday.

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"It will be so refreshing to have a classy, beautiful, dignified First Lady back in the White House. I'm tired of seeing a Ape in heels," Taylor wrote following Trump's victory last week.

Whaling responded to the article, saying, "Just made my day, Pam."

Both comments were deleted, but that didn't stop screengrabs of Taylor's post and the mayor's response from going viral. The photo evidence sparked outrage and an online petition to "terminate" the officials from their positions received over 175,000 signatures.

Whaling has apologised for her comments and said she was "truly sorry for any hard feelings this may have caused."

Former Clay council member Joshua Shamblin told The Washington Post that the county was "shocked" by the incident. "The county is sorry that this has been placed upon everyone instead of just the few who made hurtful remarks," he said.