Clay Town City Mayor has resigned following an uproar over a racist remark she supposedly endorsed, which referred to First Lady Michelle Obama as an ‘ape in heels’.
An online user namely Pamela Ramsey Taylor, who is Clay County Development Corporation director, took to Facebook to praise the shift in occupancy of the First Lady’s office from Michelle Obama to Melania Trump.
“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 Pamela.
Clay Town City Mayor Beverly Whaling responded to Pamela’s remark, seemingly approving of the racist statement. “Just made my day Pam,” commented Ms Whaling.
Facebook pages of the two ladies were taken offline after intense public outcry – with a petition calling for Whaling to be fired garnering over 130,000 signatures by Tuesday, November 15.
According CNN, Clay County Commissioner Greg Fitzwater confirmed that Whaling had resigned but it was not clear whether Taylor had been terminated or resigned – but she was no longer working for the county.
Whaling later apologised in a statement sent on Monday to the Washington Post claiming her sentiments were not meant to be racist.
“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!” she wrote.
The town of Clay has a population of 491, none of whom are black according to the latest US census s figures.