The mayor of Clay, W.Va., has resigned after giving props to a county official for calling first lady Michelle Obama an “ape in heels."
Pamela Taylor, a county employee, wrote on Facebook that "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 TV station WSAZ.
"Just made my day Pam," now-former mayor Beverly Whaling wrote, according to WSAZ. The Facebook pages seem to have since been deleted.
Whaling, on Tuesday, sent a statement to The Washington Post that said the post intended to agree with change in the White House and was not "in any way racist."
“My comment was not intended to be racist at all. 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! Those who know me know that I’m not of any way racist!" she said in the statement.
On Tuesday night Clay County council members voted to accept Whaling’s resignation.
"I'd like to apologize to anyone who was offended and most certainly the First Lady. I'm sorry that this happened," Clay Councilman Jason Hubbard said in the meeting.
"The Town Council would like to condemn the horrible and indecent post that is the center of the controversy," Hubbard continued. "This post is an individual and isolated act. This kind of racial intolerance is not what this community is about.”