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On Monday, Pamela Ramsey Taylor was fired from her job as the director of West Virginia nonprofit agency Clay County Development after her racist Facebook post targeting first lady Michelle Obama made national headlines.
“It will be refreshing to have a classy, beautiful, dignified first lady in the White House,” Taylor’s post read, according to local news station WSAZ 3. “I’m tired of seeing an ape in heels.”
Clay Mayor Beverly Whaling hit the comment section with: “Just made my day, Pam.”
— Turn Tennessee Blue (@TurnTNBlue) November 14, 2016
WSAZ 3 reported that Taylor deleted the post and replaced it with an apology on her now-deactivated account.
As previously reported, Whaling, whose Facebook account has also been deleted, claimed that her remark was “not intended to be racist at all.” She maintained she was just excited about Donald Trump’s victory.
“I was referring to my day being made for change in the White House!” she wrote to the Washington Post. “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!”
On Tuesday, a petition calling for Taylor’s and Whaling’s termination reached over 129,000 signatures.
As previously reported, Taylor is now planning a lawsuit against those who have “slandered” her.
Following the backlash, the West Virginia Democratic party — of which Whaling is a member — issued its own official apology to FLOTUS on Twitter.
“These radical, hateful and racist ideals are exactly what we at the West Virginia Democratic Party will continue to fight against,” the statement says. “We will continue to fight for a West Virginia that is inclusive, not divisive, and a home for all to feel safe, welcome and protected.”
“In a time when we are at a crossroads and many fear the future, we must stand together against hate of all forms,” the statement continued.
— WV Democratic Party (@wvdemocrats) November 15, 2016