West Virginia mayor resigns after comments on a Facebook post describing Michelle Obama as an 'ape in heels'

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A West Virginia mayor has resigned after she posted a response to a racist comment about Michelle Obama on Facebook.

Clay town council accepted mayor Beverly Whaling's resignation and said it would act quickly to name a replacement for the remaining three years of her term.

The resignation came after another woman whose racist post Whaling responded to was placed on leave as director of Clay County Development.

Michelle Obama
First lady Michelle Obama (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP/PA)

Council member Jason Hubbard issued a brief statement condemning the "horrible and indecent" post and said racism and intolerance "isn't what this community is about".

He apologised on behalf of the town to the First Lady and anyone who was offended.

"This community is a helpful, hopeful, empathetic and God-loving community," Hubbard said.

"Please don't judge the entire community for one or two individual acts."

A petition calling for the resignation of Taylor and Whaling
A petition calling for the resignation of Taylor and Whaling (thepetitionsite.com/Screenshot)

Clay county development director Pamela Ramsey Taylor made the post following Republican Donald Trump's election as president, saying of the incoming first lady Melania Trump: "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."

Whaling responded: "Just made my day Pam."

Whaling earlier issued a written apology to news media outlets saying her comment was not intended to be racist.

"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 in any way racist!"