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A West Virginia mayor resigned after responding to a racist comment about Michelle Obama


A West Virginia mayor resigned Tuesday after receiving backlash for commenting on a racist Facebook post about First Lady Michelle Obama. 

Mayor Beverly Whaling's resignation was accepted by the Clay Town Council Tuesday afternoon. 

Council member Jason Hubbard apologized on behalf of the town and noted that racial intolerance isn't acceptable within the community. 

Clay County Development Corp. Director Pamela Ramsey Taylor wrote the racist Facebook post after Donald Trump was elected. 

The post read: "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." 

To that, Whaling responded: "Just made my day Pam." 

Monday night, Taylor told a local news affiliate that she was put on leave. 

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!
Beverly Whaling

Shortly after, Whalling issued an apology noting that she did not intend for her comment to come across as racist. 

The Facebook post was reportedly shared hundreds of times before it was deleted. It prompted many people to call for both women to befired from their positions. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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