West Virginia Official Calls Michelle Obama “Ape In Heels”
Welcome to Trump’s America.
Less than one week after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States, reports of hate speech, assaults, and acts of vandalism are up all over the country, as his supporters are emboldened to carry out his agenda of misogyny, xenophobia, and bigotry.
One such incident involves the director of a government-funded nonprofit in West Virginia, who said she was looking forward to having Melania Trump as First Lady.
“It will be so refreshing to have a classy, beautiful, dignified First Lady back in the White House. I’m tired of seeing a Ape in heels,” Pamela Ramsey Taylor posted on her Facebook page. Beverly Whaling, who is mayor of the small town where Taylor works, commented on the post: “Just made my day Pam.”
The post was taken down, but not before sparking plenty of outrage. An online petition calling for both women to be fired quickly gathered more than 100,000 signatures – by which time Taylor had already been dismissed from her position as the director of Clay County Development Corp.
Taylor told local news station WSAZ that she is sorry for the post, and denies being racist. She says she intends to file a lawsuit against anyone who has slandered her, and claims she and her children have received death threats. She told reporters she believes the outraged response from the public constitutes a hate crime against her.
Whaling, for her part, issued a public apology, which was printed in 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!”
Welcome to Trump’s America, week one.
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