Michelle Obama called an 'Ape in heels', sparks outrage

A West Virginia mayor and local executive are facing mounting pressure to resign over a racist post about the First Lady.

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After Donald Trump’s ‘shocking’ victory in the US elections, there have been number of reports of his supporters engaging in racist and bigoted attacks. This malicious wave has now gone too far with the director of West Virginia development group calling First Lady Michelle Obama ‘a ape in heels’.

'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,' wrote Clay County Development Corporation director Pamela Ramsey Taylor. Clay Mayor Beverly Whaling responded, “Just made my day Pam.”

Taylor and Whaling are now facing mounting pressure to resign over the racist post. An online petition has now racked up over 2,000 signatures demanding that both women be fired, prompting Taylor to “file a lawsuit against individuals who have slandered her” as she complains that there is now a “hate crime against me.”

The post, first reported by WSAZ-TV, was shared hundreds of times on social media before it was deleted. It has sparked furor in the small county with many branding the post 'racist' and 'vile' and demanding that both officials stand down.

Both women involved later apologised publicly on Facebook. Whaling issued a statement to Eyewitness News about the incident saying, “I would like to apologize for any unintentional harm caused by my comment.”

“My comment was not intended to be racist at all. I was referring to my day being made for the change in the White House! I am truly sorry for any hard feeling this may have caused! Those who know me, know that I am not in any way racist! Again, I would like to apologize for this getting out of hand!,” Whaling’s statement said.

African-Americans make up about 4% of West Virginia's 1.8 million residents, according to the U.S. Census. About 77% of Clay County residents supported Trump in the November 8 election. In 2012, President Barack Obama received 31% of the county vote.