In Clay, West Virginia, Mayor Beverly Whaling has resigned Tuesday afternoon following online backlash over a racist Facebook post about First Lady Michelle Obama. According to the Clay Town Council, Whaling posted a response to a racist comment about the First Lady following Donald Trump being elected president.
“It will be refreshing to have a classy, beautiful, dignified First Lady in the White House. I’m tired of seeing a Ape in heels,” wrote Clay County Development Corporation director Pamela Ramsey Taylor. To this, Whaling responded: “Just made my day Pam.” After making the post, many angered citizens condemned Whaling for her comments and championed for her ousting.
A brief statement was made by fellow council member Jason Hubbard, who described the post as “horrific” and said “racial intolerance isn’t what this community is about.” Hubbard apologized on behalf of the town to anyone who is offended by Whaling’s comments. The apology was also extended to Michelle Obama.
Whaling and Taylor have since apologized for their remarks, and have promptly deleted their Facebook pages. Despite the deletions, the Facebook post was shared hundreds of times on social media. Whaling issued a statement on the matter: “I was referring to my day being made for change in the White House! I am truly sorry for any hard feelings this may have caused! Those who know me know that I’m not in any way racist!”
A picture and video of the post can be viewed below:
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