West Virginia nonprofit exec gets job back after calling Michelle Obama an "ape in heels"

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It turns out that saying something racist online will only get you fired for a little while. 

Pamela Ramsey Taylor made headlines in November for posting on Facebook that she was excited to see Melania Trump become the first lady rather than Michelle Obama, who she referred to as an "ape in heels." She was subsequently fired for the Facebook post.

Taylor, who worked as a director of the nonprofit Clay County Development Corp., is being reinstated to her position on Dec. 23, according to a letter from Leslie McGlothlin, who took over for Taylor after her termination, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported.

(The post that got Taylor fired has since been deleted, but is still floating around the internet via screenshots.)

"It will be refreshing to have a classy, beautiful, dignified first lady in the White House," the post read. "I'm tired of seeing an ape in heels."

Taylor was not the only one in hot water because of the post. Clay, West Virginia, Mayor Beverly Whaling also left a comment on the page saying the post "made [her] day." Whaling later resigned from her post because of blowback from the comments. 

If the initial pushback and this online petition are any indicator, Taylor's unexpected welcome back will be rife with controversy.

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