US mayor resigns after racist Michelle Obama post

Washington—A mayor from West Virginia has resigned amid a furor over a racist Facebook post that described First Lady Michelle Obama as an “ape in heels,” US media said.
Beverly Whaling, the mayor of the tiny town of Clay, had appeared to applaud the incendiary comment and stepped down Tuesday amid the ensuing firestorm, according to a town official, Joe Coleman. Clay County Development Corp. director Pamela Ramsey had reportedly posted after Donald Trump’s election: “It will be refreshing to have a classy, beautiful, dignified First Lady in the White House.
“I’m tired of seeing a Ape in heels.” Mayor Whaling responded: “Just made my day Pam.” The comments were later deleted and both women’s Facebook pages were eventually taken offline.—AFP

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