The town recorder in Clay, West Virginia, says the mayor has resigned following her response to a racist post on Facebook about first lady Michelle Obama.
Beverly Whaling, left, earlier apologized for her response to a post made by Clay County Development Corp. director Pamela Ramsey Taylor after Republican Donald Trump’s election as president.
Taylor’s post said, “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.”
Whaling responded: “Just made my day Pam.”
Joe Coleman said Tuesday that Mayor Beverly Whaling’s, right, resignation is effective immediately.
West Virginia TV station WSAZ reports that many people drove for miles to attend a regularly scheduled Clay city council meeting where the matter was discussed Tuesday night.
UPDATE: Clay mayor resigns after response to controversial Facebook post
Several days before resigning Whaling issued somewhat of an apology:
“I would like to apologize for any unintentional harm caused by my comment. My comment was not intended to be racist at all. I was referring to my day being made for the change in the White House! I am truly sorry for any hard feeling this may have caused! Those who know me, know that I am not in any way racist! Again, I would like to apologize for this getting out of hand!”
Pamela Taylor, who was fired from her top spot at a government funded non-profit, feels she is the victim. She told WSAZ she did not intend for her original post to be interpreted as racist and that she was expressing her opinions on Michelle’s physical attractiveness, not skin color, which many say is just at offensive.