In this political cartoon, the donkey is depicting President Andrew Jackson and representing the Copperhead Press. Underneath him is the sleeping E.M. Stanton.
This cartoon is drawn by Thomas Nast. It is through his drawing of the donkey that the Democratic Party began using the donkey as their symbol.
Andrew Jackson represented everyday people and wanted to get rid of the electoral college. He was elected to the presidency in 1828. In 1829, his inaugural celebration was different than the previous presidents. His guests brought liquor and wore muddy boots; they ruined the furniture and china. Usually, the inauguration was a classy event, but Jackson made it a party.