Republican, Democrat; Elephant, Donkey


Two Political Parties Represented by a Donkey and an Elephant


The Republican and Democratic parties became the mainstay of politics in the middle 1800’s. Every president, since 1853, has been elected  from one of these parties. Both parties present different ideas about how the country should run: should Obamacare be removed, should the Second Amendment be changed, should a fence be built to separate the United States and Mexico. Each party in this election offers different thoughts on these, and many other issues.

It is believed that the elephant was first used by an Illinois newspaper during the 1860 election campaign of Abraham Lincoln. It is thought that it represented a symbol of strength although this has never been officially determined. Fourteen years later it was made popular by Thomas Nast, a Republican, who drew it in a cartoon in a magazine.

It is believed the the donkey was first used in a presidential campaign in 1828. Candidate Andrew Jackson reportedly put the donkey on posters because of the nickname his opponents gave him. Thomas Nast once again used a cartoon donkey to represent the Democrats. It became the Democratic symbol by the end of the 19th century.

In just three days either the donkey or the elephant will pull forward, showing their strength, and be elected as our new president.



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