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The Democratic Donkey
The donkey's association with the Democratic party actually dates back almost two centuries ago, to the time of Democratic President Andrew Jackson. It was during the election of 1828 that Jackson's opponents labeled him a "jackass." Which, yes, the man is on the $20 bill, but also, did you know that he really wanted to abolish the Electoral College? Without which, there would be no need for red states or blue states or anything? Anyway, Jackson had a sense of humor about it and decided to adopt the donkey as his spirit animal, and thus the Democratic Donkey was born.