Following the controversial post by former Clay County Development Corporation Director Pamela Ramsey Taylor, West Virginia Mayor Beverly Whaling finally resigned from her position on Monday, November 14, after involvement in the said issue.
After Donald Trump’s election as president, Taylor wrote the post “It will be refreshing to have a classy, beautiful, dignified First Lady in the White House. I’m tired of seeing a (sic) Ape in heels,” on her Facebook page, to which Whaling responded with a like and a comment “Just made me day Pam.”
— Erika G. Rockwell (@EGRockwell) November 13, 2016
While Taylor deleted the post, screenshots of the exchange had gone viral. Causing a stir among the netizens and the residents of Clay County, a petition for their termination circulated and gathered 84,000 signatures on Tuesday.
“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!,” Whaling explained through an apology statement.
Continuing, the former official apologized once more for this issue getting out of hand. Currently, both Taylor and Whaling have deleted their Facebook pages.