A West Virginia mayor resigned Tuesday after expressing support for a Facebook post referring to first lady Michelle Obama as an “ape in heels.”
The town council in Clay, W.Va., accepted Mayor Beverly Whaling’s resignation in a meeting Tuesday afternoon, according to The Associated Press.
The Facebook post, originally written by Clay County Development Corp. director Pamela Taylor, stated, “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.”
Soon after the status was published, Whaling expressed support for the comparison, commenting, “Just made my day Pam.”
According to WSAZ
, both Whaling and Taylor have come under heavy criticism since making the post, with nearly 1,500 people demanding their resignation via a petition.
Whaling apologized in a statement
Monday to The Washington Post.
“My comment was not intended to be racist at all. 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!” she said.
“Again, I would like to apologize for this getting out of hand!”
WSAZ reported that Taylor had also issued an apology.