Government officials fired after calling Michelle Obama ‘an ape in hills’ on Twitter

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CLAY COUNTY, W. Va. — Facebook users in West Virginia are finding out fast that posting racial slurs, especially about first lady Michelle Obama, will get you fired!

In Clay County, Pamela Taylor was director of a non-profit funded by state and federal money. That's before she posted this:  “It will be refreshing to have a classy beautiful, dignified first lady in the white house. I`m tired of seeing an ape in heels.”

Clay's Mayor, Beverly Whaling, posted the comment: “Just made my day, Pam.”

Both women have already received death threats.

Taylor got the axe, and an on-line petition to have the mayor canned as well already has more than 1,500 signatures prompting her to resign.

Both women, who live in the town of population 491, claim they didn't mean to be racist.  But comparing a black person to a primate? Pretty racist.

Joe Murphy, a resident of Clay County said, "This is not the way I want my town portrayed and Michelle Obama's an articulate, beautiful woman.”

We remember what the first lady said during the recent presidential election, “Our motto is when they go low, we go high.”

Stick with that motto! Because sticks and stones may break bones, and in the world of social media, words can hurt, too.