Patrick Rushing, Airway Heights Mayor, a small city in Washington reportedly admitted that he called President Barack Obama “monkey man” and First Lady, Michelle Obama “gorilla face”.
“Gorilla face Michelle, can’t disagree with that,” Rushing reportedly wrote in a Facebook post.
He added: “The woman is not attractive except to monkey man Barack. Check out them ears. LOL.”
The comments spark outrage among the population.
Airway Heights city council with a 5-1 vote, passed a motion asking him to resign immediately.
The council asked City Attorney, Stan Schwartz, to draft a resolution condemning Rushing’s remarks.
“When a figurehead makes comments such as these that sets us back and it’s hard to come back from,” police chief and acting city manager Lee Bennett told KXLY, the local ABC station.
Rushing, according to CCTV, insists he will not step down from his role as mayor of the city.
“I made a mistake. I owned up to my mistake,” he insisted.
“If I do resign that’s admitting I’m a racist and I’m not.”
The city council, however, has threatened sanctions against the mayor if he refuses to resign.