Black illustration of a donkey on red and white stripes with an outer blue edge with white stars
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The donkey was first used as a symbol for the Democratic party during Andrew Jackson's 1828 presidential campaign. He was referred to as a "jackass" by his opponents, and chose to embrace the image. Cartoonist Thomas Nash later used the donkey to portray the democratic party in newspapers and has been used ever since.