A Tea Party group is defending its comparison of President Obama to a skunk despite cries of racism.
The Kansas-based Patriot Freedom Alliance posted a photo of a skunk to its website with a caption that read:
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"The skunk has replaced the eagle as the new symbol for the president. It is half black, it is half white, and almost everything it does, stinks."
Obama, of course, is of mixed race, and the head of the local NAACP said this is a "blatant statement of racism."
"As far as I'm concerned it's proof of the kind of organisation that they are, which I felt it always had racial overtones in the first place," said Darrell Pope. "'You would think that an organization that claims to be about patriotism and what this country is supposed to stand for would have a better way of expressing it than what they're doing."
However the Tea Partier who runs the site defended it.
"It's satire is what it is. Satire in a politically incorrect form," said Thomas Hymer.
Despite the defense, Hymer did take the photo off the site amid the outcry, reports the Daily Mail.