CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The mayor of a West Virginia town has resigned and another official has been fired after an exchange on a racist Facebook post comparing first lady Michelle Obama to an “ape in heels.”
County employee Pamela Taylor, the director of Clay County Development Corp., posted on Facebook following Republican Donald Trump’s election as president.
“It will be refreshing to have a classy, beautiful, dignified First Lady in the White House,” the Facebook post read. “I’m tired of seeing a Ape in heels.”
Clay Mayor Beverly Whaling responded: “Just made my day Pam.”
Clay County Commissioner Greg Fitzwater confirmed to CNN that Whaling resigned. He did not know if Taylor was terminated or resigned her post, but said she was no longer working for the county.
Clay’s town council plans to meet Tuesday evening to discuss the issue.
The post, first reported by WSAZ-TV, caused backlash and prompted calls on social media for Taylor and Mayor Whaling to be fired.
CNN has attempted to reach both Whaling and Taylor for comment and have not heard back.
CNN and the Associated Press contributed to this report.