Official in West Virginia on leave after racist Obama post

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The director of a West Virginia development group says she's been place on leave following a racist post she made on Facebook about first lady Michelle Obama.

Clay County Development Corp. director Pamela Ramsey Taylor made the post following Republican Donald Trump's election as president, saying: "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."

Clay Mayor Beverly Whaling responded: "Just made my day Pam."

Taylor told WCHS-TV on Monday night that she was put on leave.

Clay's town council plans to meet Tuesday evening to discuss the issue.

The post, first reported by WSAZ-TV, has caused a backlash and prompted calls on social media for Taylor and Mayor Whaling to be fired.

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