Officials FIRED  for racist Facebook post which described Michelle Obama as an ‘Ape in heels’

Pamela Ramsey Taylor also said sorry on her Facebook account, which she has set to private.

Earlier, their comments sparked a huge furor in the small county with many branding the post ‘racist’ and ‘vile’ and demanding that both officials stand down.

A petition calling for Whaling and Taylor to be fired from their positions has already reached more than 14,000 signatures.

Tinna-Jamie Conner, addressing the two officials, said in a Facebook post: ‘Here’s a news flash for you deplorable classless beings. OUR First Lady, Michelle Obama personifies and exudes beauty, grace, class, intelligence, humility, strength, patience, passion and HOPE.

It has sparked furor in the small county with many branding the post ‘racist’ and ‘vile’ and demanding that both officials stand down

‘Neither of you idiots could hold a candle to her on your hottest day. Say what you will, but your hate and racism is ugly.’

Dianne Degen Joyce added that Taylor’s comments was not only ‘vile’ but incorrect.

Others agreed: ‘That goes without saying. Michelle Obama is the epitome of class, grace and style,’ Celeste DuMas Reinhard said.

Some Facebook users pointed out that president-elect Trump’s wife Melania had previously stripped off for modelling jobs, while Michelle Obama had been involved in politics.

Others simply demanded Taylor and Whaling be fired.

Robin Brown said: ‘Women can and SHOULD make them lose those jobs. They should be publicly humiliated.’

Both women involved have apologized publicly on Facebook.

Taylor described Michelle Obama (left) as an ‘ape’ and said she was looking forward to having a ‘classy, dignified’ First Lady in Melania Trump (right)

Whaling issued a statement to Eyewitness News about the incident.

‘I would like to apologize for any unintentional harm caused by my comment,’ Whaling’s statement said.

‘My comment was not intended to be racist at all. I was referring to my day being made for the change in the White House! I am truly sorry for any hard feeling this may have caused! Those who know me, know that I am not in any way racist! Again, I would like to apologize for this getting out of hand!’