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Saturday 21 September 2019

Teacher accused of calling Michelle Obama 'First Chimp' in Facebook post

Michelle Obama
Michelle Obama
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

An Arkansas teacher has come under fire for an alleged Facebook post calling Michelle Obama the 'First Chimp'.

Teacher Trent Bennett, a high school instructor in rural Malvern is alleged to have written a post about the First Lady according to KARK.

"Michelle Obummer … America’s First Chimp,” he is alleged to have said.

When asked about the remarks, Bennett said “just good to see that nasty chimp and her spider monkey husband gone for good,” according to KARK.

Malvern School District said it was aware of the remarks “that was inappropriate, insensitive, and used racially charged rhetoric.”

According to KARK, it is investigating the remarks.

There have since been calls for Bennett to resign from his post.

“There is no place in an educational system for someone in a public position of authority that is willing to publicly make the comments that you are alleged to have made,” Arkansas State Conference NAACP President Rizelle Aaron said in a letter to the teacher.

Earlier this year state officials came under fire for calling Michelle Obama "an Ape in Heels".

Pamela Taylor, director of the Clay County Development Corp in Clay, West Virginia, has been fired for her remarks.

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