CLAY, W.Va. (AP) – The director of a West Virginia development group and a mayor are under scrutiny after a racist post about first lady Michelle Obama caused a backlash and prompted calls on social media for both women to be fired.

Clay County Development Corp. director Pamela Ramsey Taylor made the post following Donald Trump’s election as president.

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Her post said: “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.”

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The post, first reported by WSAZ-TV, was later deleted. It was shared hundreds of times on social media.

A call to the Clay County Development Corp. went unanswered and Whaling didn’t immediately return a telephone message Monday.

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