Update #2: Clay County Mayor Beverly Whaling has resigned in the fallout of this incident.
Update: Pamela Ramsey Taylor has been removed from her role has director for the Clay County Development Corp. Officials declined to comment on whether she is still an employee.
Beverly Whaling and Pamela Ramsey Taylor are Facebook friends. As such, they apparently exchange their views online. So, in the wake of the election of Donald Trump, Taylor decided to share her “insights” by posting the following:
“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 (sic) in heels.”
Her friend Whaling responded:
“Just made my day Pam.”
This post might have been relegated to obscurity if it weren’t for who these people are. You see, Pamela Ramsey Taylor is the director of the Clay County Development Corp. Beverley Whaling is the county’s mayor.
The post was shared thousands of times and the backlash from it inspired an online petition calling for both officials to be fired. At last count, it was over 53,000 signatures.
In the wake of the incident, both women took down their Facebook pages.
Pamela Ramsey Taylor says that she is already facing a reprimand that could result in her losing her directorship. She is now threatening to sue for slander (i.e. sharing her post).
Mayor Whaling is now issuing the standard (non-) apology. It goes like this:
“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!”
Who knows what will come of this in the end but, one thing is clear — if you put out your thoughts for public consumption, don’t be surprised when the public consumes them.