Tea party group compares Obama to a skunk

By Andrew Jones
Monday, December 12, 2011 12:00 EDT
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Two skunks in a basket. Image via AFP.
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One midwestern tea party group thought President Barack Obama merited a comparison to the smelliest animal around.

According to CBS affiliate KWCH, the Hutchinson, Kansas based Freedom Alliance has come under some criticism for having a photo of a skunk with a caption above it slamming Obama.

“The skunk has replaced the eagle as the new symbol for the president,” the caption reads. “It is half black, it is half white, and almost everything it does, stinks.’

Darrell Pope, the president of the Hutchinson chapter of National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), was not pleased over the tea party group’s decision, calling it a “blatant statement of racism.”

“As far as I’m concerned it’s proof of the kind of organization that they are, which I felt it always had racial overtones in the first place,” Pope told KWCH. “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.”

Members of Freedom Alliance, which has since removed the image from their website, defended their decision.

“It’s satire is what it is,” site manager Thomas Hymer told The Daily Mail. “Satire in a politically incorrect way.”

Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones is a staff writer/reporter for Raw Story. Besides covering politics, he is also a freelance sports journalist, as well as a slam poetry and music artist. You can follow him on Twitter @sluggahjells.
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