The director of a state and federal-funded nonprofit in West Virginia has been removed after writing a racist Facebook post which referred to Mrs. Obama as an ape.
The first lady of the US, Michelle Obama, has been referred to an “ape in heels” by two US officials.
Clay County Development Corp. director Pamela Ramsey Taylor wrote the offensive post after Donald Trump was elected president in an exchange that also embroiled the mayor of Clay, a small town near Charleston, in the U.S. state of South Carolina.
Clay Mayor Beverly Whaling replied to the comment, “Just made my day Pam.”
A petition calling for them to be fired had garnered more than 84,000 signatures as of Tuesday morning.
She said the backlash against her Facebook post “has been a hate crime” against her. Taylor added that she has has received death threats over her comment.
The mayor also apologised in a statement to The Washington Post: “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!
“Again, I would like to apologize for this getting out of hand!”
According to The Associated Press, a town council meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday regarding the matter.