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West Virginia mayor resigns over Facebook post calling Michelle Obama ‘ape in heels’

CLAY, W.Va. — The mayor of Clay, W.Va., has resigned and another county official is out after their exchange over a racist Facebook post that compared first lady Michelle Obama to an “ape in heels.”

The county employee, Pamela Taylor, worked as director of the Clay County Development Corporation and wrote on Facebook: “It will be so refreshing to have a classy, beautiful, dignified First Lady back in the White House. I’m tired of seeing a (sic) Ape in heels,” according to a screengrab obtained by WSAZ.

Mayor Beverly Whaling commented on the post saying: “Just made my day Pam,” the screengrab shows.

Clay County Commissioner Greg Fitzwater confirmed that Whaling resigned, but did not know if Taylor was terminated or resigned her post. But he said that she was no longer working for the county.