Michelle Obama called ‘ape in heels’

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

WASH­ING­TON: The mayor of a tiny West Vir­ginia town re­signed yes­ter­day af­ter her com­ment on a Face­book post that called First Lady Michelle Obama ( pix) an “ape in heels” drew international at­ten­tion. Mayor Bev­erly Whal­ing of Clay, a town of some 500 peo­ple, came un­der fire for her re­ac­tion to the post from an of­fi­cial fol­low­ing Don­ald Trump’s elec­tion vic­tory last week.

Pamela Ram­sey Tay­lor, di­rec­tor of Clay County De­vel­op­ment Corp, praised the shift from Obama to for­mer model Me­la­nia Trump. Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, she wrote: “It will be re­fresh­ing to have a classy, beau­ti­ful, dig­ni­fied first lady back in the White House. I’m tired of see­ing an ape in heels.”

Whal­ing re­sponded: “Just made my day Pam.”

The posts were deleted but cir­cu­lated widely on so­cial me­dia.

Whal­ing handed in her res­ig­na­tion, the Charleston Gazette-Mail said, cit­ing city coun­cil­man Ja­son Hub­bard.

An on­line pe­ti­tion call­ing for their ouster drew 150,000 sig­na­tures as of yes­ter­day.

Whal­ing apol­o­gised in a state­ment sent to The Wash­ing­ton Post, say­ing her com­ment was not meant to be racist. – Reuters

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