Party Plush Bundle
- Suitable from birth
- Polyester, plastic pellets, plastic eyes
- Spot clean only
- Contains one eonkey and one elephant plush
Whether you are a Democrat or Republican, we think we can all agree that our plush donkeys and elephants are adorable, welcome additions to the little politicians in your life’s rooms and cribs.
Political Cartoonist Thomas Nast is credited with popularizing the donkey and elephant as symbols for the Democratic and Republican Parties in cartoons he ran between 1870 and 1872 in Harper's Weekly, but both symbols had been used previously.
The Democratic Party’s first association with the donkey came about during Democrat Andrew Jackson's 1828 campaign. Jackson ran on a populist platform (“by the people, for the people”) and used the slogan “Let the People Rule.” His opponents referred to him as a jackass (donkey), but Jackson incorporated the jackass into his campaign posters.
The earliest connection of the elephant to the Republican Party was an illustration in an 1864 Abraham Lincoln presidential campaign newspaper, Father Abraham. It showed an elephant holding a banner and celebrating Union victories. During the Civil War, “seeing the elephant” was slang for engaging in combat, so the elephant was a logical symbol of successful battles.