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Red and blue text on a white background with an illustration of a donkey in red white and blue in the center of the button
This button represents the United States Democratic Party and their use of the donkey as their official political party symbol. The first use of the donkey was in Andrew Jackson's 1828 presidential campaign. Jackson's opponents referred to him as a "jackass" due to his slogan, "Let the people rule!" Jackson embraced the donkey and later used it to describe himself as someone strong-willed and used it on his campaign posters. In 1870, political illustrator, Thomas Nast used the Democratic donkey inHarper's Weekly and is credited with making the donkey the Democratic party national symbol. Nast used the donkey to illustrate an anti Civil War movement and the Democratic controlled newspapers in the South. By the 1880's the public incorporated the donkey as the unofficial party symbol.