Michelle Obama gets name tagged as an “ape on wheels” by Beverly Whaling a mayor of Clay, West Virginia on Facebook.
This shocking Facebook post brought in a lot fury and craze over the media as the mayor’s comments were regarded racist.
Beverly Whaling resigned due to her comments on a racist Facebook post by a county employee that compared first lady Michelle Obama to an “ape in heels,” as CNN had reported.
The post in question came from Pamela Taylor, who worked as director of the Clay County Development Corporation. Due to her excitement over Donald Trump’s wife Melania Trump becoming the new first lady (FLOTUS), she later made a racist comment towards Michelle which said,
“It will be so refreshing to have a classy, beautiful, dignified First Lady back in the White House. I’m tired of seeing an Ape in heels,”
Taylor reportedly wrote in the since-deleted post, according to a screen-shot obtained by WSAZ. Whaling replied and commented on the post, writing, “Just made my day Pam.”
West Virginia Mayor Resigns from her position after her involvement in a racist post on Facebook
This later led to Taylor’s removal from her position earlier this week, and was followed by Whaling who later resigned.
Her resignation was accepted after Town Council members put it to a vote in a brief meeting Tuesday, November 15.
According to WSAZ, Clay Councilman Jason Hubbard told attendees at the meeting,
“This post is an individual and isolated act. This kind of racial intolerance is not what this community is about.”
Whaling later made an apology on Monday, November 14, in a statement to The Washington Post.
“My comment was not intended to be racist at all,” she told the newspaper. “
“I was referring to my day being made for change in the White House! I am truly sorry for any hard feeling this may have caused! Those who know me know that I’m not of any way racist! Again, I would like to apologize for this getting out of hand!”
Taylor also issued an apology on her personal Facebook page, WSAZ reports. She told the local news station that she believes the incident has turned into a “hate crime against me,” and that she and her children have received death threats
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