The Chico Tea Party Patriots are speaking out after an offensive flyer was distributed Thursday about the group?s rally on Monday claiming to be from the tea party.
Thousands of posters were stuck up around butte county depicting the Klu Klux Klan symbol, a burning cross, and the words "Help us take our country back from the Kenyan" referring to President Obama.
But Sue Hubbard, a member of the tea party says they have nothing to do with the flyers and someone is out to give them a bad name.
?We are totally the opposite of what this flyer portrayed us, we're nothing like that,? said Hubbard. ?That's why when people found the flyers, they went, this isn't right this can't be the Tea Party.?
Hubbard says the signs were distributed in the downtown area of Chico and Biggs on light poles and at bus stops. Hubbard says whoever put up the flyers is actually helping to bring attention to the group.
?Whoever you are I think it backfired because I think we are going to grow stronger because of this and I think our rally will be more successful because of this.?
The group is asking that it be investigated as a hate crime for possibly inciting violence at their rally on Monday, but the District Attorney's office says political parties in California are not protected under the hate crime's law, but the group could pursue a civil lawsuit.
The Tea Party Tax Day rally will take place Monday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at City Plaza in Chico.