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This symbol of the party was born in the imagination of cartoonist Thomas Nast and first appeared in Harper's Weekly on November 7, 1874. An 1860 issue of Railsplitter and an 1872 cartoon in Harper's Weekly connected elephants with Republicans, but it was Nast who provided the party with its symbol. Oddly, two unconnected events led to the birth of the Republican Elephant. James Gordon Bennett's New York Herald raised the cry of "Caesarism" in connection with the possibility of a thirdterm try for President Ulysses S. Grant. The issue was taken up by the Democratic politicians in 1874, halfway through Grant's second term and just before the midterm elections, and helped disaffect Republican voters. While the illustrated journals were depicting Grant wearing a crown, the Herald involved itself in another circulation-builder in an entirely different, nonpolitical area. This was the Central Park Menagerie Scare of 1874, a delightful hoax perpetrated by the Herald. They ran a story, totally untrue, that the animals in the zoo had broken loose and were roaming the wilds of New York's Central Park in search of prey. Cartoonist Thomas Nast took the two examples of the Herald enterprise and put them together in a cartoon for Harper's Weekly. He showed an ass (symbolizing the Herald) wearing a lion's skin (the scary prospect of Caesarism) frightening away the animals in the forest (Central Park). The caption quoted a familiar fable: "An ass having put on a lion's skin roamed about in the forest and amused himself by frightening all the foolish animals he met within his wanderings." One of the foolish animals in the cartoon was an elephant, representing the Republican vote - not the party, the Republican vote - which was being frightened away from its normal ties by the phony scare of Caesarism. In a subsequent cartoon on November 21, 1874, after the election in which the Republicans did badly, Nast followed up the idea by showing the elephant in a trap, illustrating the way the Republican vote had been decoyed from its normal allegiance. Other cartoonists picked up the symbol, and the elephant soon ceased to be the vote and became the party itself: the jackass, now referred to as the donkey, made a natural transition from representing the Herald to representing the Democratic party that had frightened the elephant. --From William Safire's New Language of Politics, Revised edition, Collier Books, New York, 1972 Source: www.gop.com
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The mascot for the Republican party is the elephant. It began being used as such in 1877 after Thomas Nast began drawing political cartoons using the elephant for Republic…ans and the donkey for the Democrats.
The Republican elephant was created by cartoonist Thomas Nast and appeared in Harper's Weekly, Nov. 7, 1874. Before then, an 1860 issue of Railsplitter and an 1872… Harper's Weekly also had cartoons connecting Republicans with elephants. In New York, also in 1874, there was an untrue story written as a hoax by the New York Herald saying that the animals of the Central Park Zoo had broken loose and were running wild in Central Park. The same Thomas Nast used the jackass in a cartoon using it to depict the Herald. This ultimately shifted to represent the Democratic party and the name changed to donkey.
because the people running the republican party now are occultists. check out bohemian grove, skull & bones, etc --- all occult symbols, just as the upside-down five-pointed s…tar is an occult symbol. check out: www.tavpo.com for the investigation into the upside down stars on GOP elephant
They don't. The Democrats (Democratic Party of the US) use a donkey and the Republicans (Republican Party or GOP) are symbolized by an elephant.
the Republican elephant. In a cartoon that appeared in Harper's Weekly in 1874
The donkey was first used in a political cartoon to represent the stubborn Andrew Jackson (who was also known as a jackass...and not necessarily for his political views). … In following cartoons, the donkey was dressed in lion's skins and scaring other animals out of a zoo. Each of these animals represented a different party or idea. Since the only animal more powerful than a lion is an elephant, an elephant was drawn with the words "Repulican Vote" written on it and it was chasing the donkey out of the zoo. It was originally used as a tactic to show the growing power of the GOP and the waning popularity and strength of the Democrats.
Alabamas mascot is the elephant because that year when they created the name, the whole entire team was humongous so the commentator said " uh oh here comes the elephants.
The origin of the mascot dates back to 1930. On October 8, a sportswriter wrote about the previous weekend's Alabama-Ole Miss football game. The writer, using the flair for th…e dramatic common in sportswriting at the time, wrote that an anonymous fan yelled out "Hold your horses, the elephants are coming!" upon hearing the rumble of the first team coming on the field. The name stuck throughout what became a national championship season and beyond.
the answer is because it symbolizes strength and power.
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Alabama's mascot is an elephant because that year when they created the team name, the whole entire team was humongous, so the commentator said, Uh oh. Here come the elephan…ts.
This comes from a 1860 political cartoon.