Elephants are wise, emotional, patient, and loving… so why are they associated with the Republican Party™ In 1874, cartoonist Thomas Nast used the Democratic donkey and Republican Elephant in newspaper cartoons and made the symbols permanent representations of our modern parties. Now, who ever said a little goofy cartoon didn’t mean much™ You can be a goofy cartoon of your own in this giant Elephant Hat. When everyone gets to shouting their political ideals, you can swing your trunk at them and watch them fly. This Hat features super soft construction with big, draping Elephant ears and trunk. Elephants never forget and no one will forget you.