Why is the Republican party symbol an elephant and the Democratic symbol a donkey? Both go back to political cartoons by Thomas Nast. In 1870 a drawing entitled ‘a live jackass kicking a dead lion’ symbolized the Democratic newspaper of the south as a donkey — while the dead lion referred to Edwin McMasters Stanton, Abraham Lincoln’s secretary of state for war during the latter stages of the Civil War. Four years later Nast symbolized the Republican vote — as opposed to the party itself — as a berserk elephant in danger of falling off a precipice into the ‘chaos’ below. The symbols took time to catch on, however. In the mid-20th century the Democratic party was officially using a rooster, while the Republicans used an eagle.
Down but not out
Who came bottom of the popular vote in the 2016 presidential election?
Frank Atwood (Approval Voting party) 337 votes nationwide
Bradford Lyttle (United States Pacifist party) 382
Jerry White (Socialist Equality party) 475
Princess Jacob (Loyal Trustworthy Compassion party) 749
Rod Silva (Nutrition party) 751
How did the turnout in the 2016 election compare with other national elections?
Brazil (2018, 2nd round) 78.7%
France (2017, 2nd round) 74.6%
Germany (2013) 71.5%
India (2019) 67.4%
UK (2019) 67.3%
US (2016) 55.7%
Has COVID-19 affected Republican or Democratic states most?
States with the highest death tolls:
New York (voted Clinton in 2016) 1,716 deaths per million
New Jersey (Clinton) 1,834
Massachusetts (Clinton) 1,395
Connecticut (Clinton) 1,271
Louisiana (Trump) 1,219
Rhode Island (Clinton) 1,067
Mississippi (Trump) 1,042
States with the lowest death tolls:
Alaska (Trump) 82
Vermont (Clinton) 93
Wyoming (Trump) 93
Maine (Trump) 106
Hawaii (Clinton) 119
Oregon (Clinton) 142
Utah (Trump) 163