In Clay County, West Virginia, two Republican women are in hot water after one posted a racist Facebook post referring to First Lady Michelle Obama as an “ape in heels” while praising Melania Trump as “classy, beautiful, dignified.”
The post originated from Pamela Taylor’s Facebook account. Taylor works as a director for the Clay County Development Corporation, a non-profit organization in Clay, WV that’s funded by both the state and federal government.
Following the presidential election Taylor sent this message:
“It will be refreshing to have a classy, beautiful, dignified First Lady in the White House. I’m tired of seeing an ape in heels.”
Beverly Whaling, the Mayor of Clay, replied to Taylor’s post stating: “Just made my day Pam.”
After the post had gone viral, a petition calling for both Taylor and Whaling’s termination was launched and has gathered nearly 14,000 signatures so far.
Taylor has since deleted her post and replaced it with an apology, which she went back and edited to make it “more direct and clear, and in a hope to make it less inflammatory,” she told WSAZ.
Since the incident, Taylor says she’s received a reprimand from her job and is uncertain if she will keep her job. She’s also on the Clay County’s pageant festival committee.
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Taylor also says she’s working with an attorney to file a lawsuit against the individual(s) who’ve slandered her good name.
The director apologizes for everything that happened, but says she now believes that the incident has turned into a “hate crime against me.”
Taylor claims to that both she and her children have received numerous death threats.
Meanwhile, according to WSAZ, Mayor Whaling was unavailable for comment.