How the Republican Party went from Lincoln to Trump

  • Published on Jul 20, 2016
  • It wasn't always this way for the Republican Party.
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    Today’s Republican Party opposes big government. It’s culturally conservative. Its demographic support is strongest among white voters, and it usually dominates elections in the South. And its 2016 presidential nominee has been heavily criticized for inciting racial tensions.
    But things weren’t always this way.
    Over the past 160 or so years, the party has undergone a remarkable transformation from the party of Abraham Lincoln… to the party of Donald Trump. is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out to get up to speed on everything from Kurdistan to the Kim Kardashian app.
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Comments • 24 207

  • Yankee Doodle
    Yankee Doodle 8 hours ago

    The Democrats went from Andrew Jackson to Barack Obama...

  • Venicouse
    Venicouse 14 hours ago

    just don’t vote for anyone

  • mo Gabriel
    mo Gabriel 18 hours ago

    Sad was once a proud muslim and strong republican sadly not of the latter

  • Tye Tass
    Tye Tass Day ago

    How Vox went from quality to quantity

  • michael dileo
    michael dileo Day ago +1

    Vox, I think you should try your hand in the Swiss cheese-making business cuz there was some well orchestrated and strategically placed holes in this narrative.

  • TheKrackenX42
    TheKrackenX42 Day ago +1

    How to make an argument:
    The [insert political party] are better than [insert opposing political party] and [insert opposing political party] is wrong because [insert stereotypical response]

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    I think every president's party belongs to the president lol

  • Dark Star
    Dark Star 2 days ago

    Inbreeding is how.
    Best to just put them down

  • Misaoshi Khun
    Misaoshi Khun 2 days ago

    Oooohhh. I see. Thank you, Vox! That was enlightening.

  • danny smith
    danny smith 3 days ago

    Vox..... the epidome of retardation

  • David Niggemeyer
    David Niggemeyer 3 days ago

    Why is supporting Legal and orderly Immigration process racist? FYI-Most of the Democratic Party voters or "Electors" is White. IF ALL WHITES supported the Republican Party, even at current immigration trends, the GOP would dominate politics for the next few decades without any hiccups. I'm just saying, race-based politics is part of Cultural Marxism which ALWAYS calls for an authoritarian government to stick it to the "privileged" establishment while establishing a new one.

  • Lebogang Campbell
    Lebogang Campbell 3 days ago +3

    Who's here after Trump ordered the next G7 summit be held at his Doral Resort?

  • allgoo 19
    allgoo 19 4 days ago +3

    Something never changed,
    1) Southern states are always poor regardless of the party(democrats then, republican now) they support.
    2) Northern states are always controlled by businesses regardless of the party(republican then, democrats now) they support.

  • MK III
    MK III 4 days ago +5

    How a racial slur went from the n-word to "Get 'em out."

  • Nigger Faggot
    Nigger Faggot 5 days ago

    I couldn't agree more. The Republican party needs to go back to their roots and elect people like Honest Abe again. Here's one of my favorite quotes from Lincoln: "I am not nor ever have been in favor of the social and political equality of the white and black races: that I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters of the free negroes, or jurors, or qualifying them to hold office or having them to marry with white people…. I as much as any other man am in favor of the superior position being assigned to the white man."

  • Doom And Gloom
    Doom And Gloom 5 days ago +1

    I don't understand why blacks voted for a party that wanted them in slavery.

    • SR Ghost
      SR Ghost 2 days ago

      @Kay C No, the racists never switched parties. Looking at the percentage, more Republicans supported the Civil Rights Act in the 1960s than Democrats.

    • Kay C
      Kay C 3 days ago +2

      The racist switched parties... The south was Red during the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. Majority of us vote opposite of the South, and we, like all other Americans, vote our interest and that just happened to be for Civil Rights.

  • J.J. Lukas
    J.J. Lukas 5 days ago

    You can't skip from 1860s to 1920s and totally ignore how the parties essentially switched titles. Lincoln's party was in favor or equality, while the Southern Democrats were racists ans white supremacists. Abe Lincoln would be on thew side of Bernie in the present day.

  • Thomas Hägg
    Thomas Hägg 6 days ago

    Opposes big government? HAH

  • Christophe Breland
    Christophe Breland 6 days ago

    What's sad is the GOP is for the rich yet they trick their voters into thinking it's all about race and that the liberals [elites] are the rich ones. That tax cuts are good and the reason we have to cut tax funded services is the minorities abusing the system.

  • Christophe Breland
    Christophe Breland 6 days ago +2

    It's not that the White southern voters didn't like their party's policy it was the "southern strategy" where the Republicans campaigned mainly on racial issues like segregation which evolved into dog whistles Reagan's welfare queen.

  • Brendan ODonnell
    Brendan ODonnell 6 days ago

    This is why I hate when people say Republicans r racist which makes no sense bc people r racist, not people in one party

  • Brendan ODonnell
    Brendan ODonnell 6 days ago

    This is why I hate when people say Republicans r racist which makes no sense bc people r racist, not people in one party

  • blustamove
    blustamove 7 days ago

    Am I the only one shocked by how rational these comments are? I thought it'd be a bunch of anti-Trump stuff but it's actually rational statements that I think both sides can totally agree on. Political parties should be abolished.

  • Ed Carrasco
    Ed Carrasco 7 days ago +1

    Trump Is the most divisive figure in my life time he is the worst thing that ever happened to the United States of America

    • SR Ghost
      SR Ghost 2 days ago

      Trump only ran for office because Obama was so divisive and partisan.

  • Curtis Gilford
    Curtis Gilford 8 days ago +4

    *How the Democratic Party went from Grover Cleveland to Maxine Waters*

    • Brendan ODonnell
      Brendan ODonnell 6 days ago +1

      Curtis Gilford how the Democratic Party went from JFK to Bernie Sanders

  • Neel Dayal
    Neel Dayal 8 days ago

    A video and US UK relations from 1776 to today

  • UNDERdecodedHD
    UNDERdecodedHD 8 days ago

    The democrats split between the north and the south

  • EdgedGaming
    EdgedGaming 8 days ago +1

    3:10 I like how they completely skip over Theodore Roosevelt and the era of Rockefeller to have a "Big Business is Republicans" narratives. Especially with Upton Sinclair's, The Jungle.

  • Dustin Townsend
    Dustin Townsend 8 days ago

    Republicans are anti-illegal immigration. Not anti immigration.

  • Ahmed Khan
    Ahmed Khan 8 days ago

    I don't think it was the "big government" ideology that had anything to do with this. Lyndon Johnson made a political decision to give black voters their due rights, so Blacks switched to the new party way of thinking that gave them a chance, instead of the Barry Goldwater's view of holding them back. Goldwater didn't care about "big government" he opposed racial equality. The whites than switched in the name of "big government" but really innate racism to the Republican ideology. This video makes an incorrect premise.

  • Oblivion Light
    Oblivion Light 9 days ago

    Woah wait. The south was Democrats in the beginning. The more you live the more you learn. The more you think you know the more you learn.

  • Francis L Varte
    Francis L Varte 9 days ago

    Only two parties? Lol

  • Newman64
    Newman64 9 days ago

    slavery wasnt a party debate. it was between the north and south. there were dems in the north and wigs in the south.

  • Zina Right
    Zina Right 10 days ago

    Define multi- as in multiple.
    The world : Many (At least one)
    US: Exactly two!

  • Kerry F
    Kerry F 10 days ago

    FDR prolonged the depression. Johnson had a REPUBLICAN congress who passed the Civil Rights Bill. I was at the RNC in Ohio and there were some serious shenanigans going on there!

  • scott left
    scott left 10 days ago

    Vox Poxonyou.

  • Haakon Anderson
    Haakon Anderson 10 days ago +2

    The odds any Trumptard would understand any of this are slim to none...

  • My Account
    My Account 11 days ago

    This is Vox video, they are democratic party partner, so, they tell lies along the truth. dont trust vox.

    FELIX GAFAROV 11 days ago +1

    Anothet Straw man argument

  • margot hilaire
    margot hilaire 11 days ago

    To all Republicans. President Trump could get Impeached. If this happens We The Majority of the Voters must turn this spear against the Democrats to make it something that will hand them the rope they diverse. It will happen if we wish it hard enough. I see that Booker got a serving he did not predict , the next will be ??? However they all will have to choke down there own nastiness what ever that will be.

    • scott left
      scott left 10 days ago

      Wishing is for children, make a plan, then do it.

  • Katie Meeks
    Katie Meeks 11 days ago +1

    It was more about the north being able to tax slaves. Capitalism in the north greed!

  • Hector Torres
    Hector Torres 11 days ago

    Kanye West famous words: “Republicans free the slaves”.

  • Ryan Hiroshima
    Ryan Hiroshima 12 days ago +1

    The parties switched in the 1960’s when the democrats took control and gave rights to blacks and minorities so since then till now more minorities are democrats. If Abraham Lincoln was alive to today he would be a democrat because he gave African Americans freedom from slavery. I can see Abraham Lincoln shaking obama hand and being proud of him!

  • Gabriel Lisboa
    Gabriel Lisboa 12 days ago

    E a legenda em português?

  • Robert Eischen
    Robert Eischen 12 days ago

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the only reason Franklin D Roosevelt chose to run as a Democrat instead of a Republican was to stand out from Teddy Roosevelt who he was distantly related to.

    • b.williams
      b.williams 10 days ago +1

      I don't believe this is true. For one thing, FDR's father was a democrat. But it's also worth noting that within the quarter of a century between the end of Teddy's presidency and the beginning of FDR's presidency, the party ideals had already begun shifting. This is because after Teddy's second term, he wanted Taft (his Secretary of War) to take over as president in 1908 and continue to work his will as president. With Teddy's endorsement, Taft won, but turned out to be much less progressive and much less effective than Teddy had hoped for. So when the 1912 election came around, Teddy ran against him. Taft won the republican nomination, so Teddy had to run third party, and in doing so, took most if not all progressives with him out of the Republican Party. So the Republican party had become MUCH less progressive by the time FDR ran fro president. Also, trying to "stand out" or distance himself from Teddy would have been a terrible move, since Teddy offered him name recognition and was very beloved by many, being the only third party candidate to win more votes than one of the two major parties in 1912.

  • Andrew Todd
    Andrew Todd 12 days ago

    Trump still doesn't incite racial tension. MSNBC, CNN, and Democrats do.

  • Freedom Man
    Freedom Man 12 days ago

    First black politicians where Republicans.

    • Gar Goil
      Gar Goil 12 days ago +1

      Where? What's that mean? And doesn't the video clearly explain how the shift came about? Try watching it again, but I doubt that it would do any good. You pretty well explain how the Republicans are able to get elected.

  • Michael Michael
    Michael Michael 13 days ago +3

    Just Retitiled it " How the Republican Party went From Good to Bad "

    • scott left
      scott left 10 days ago

      Change it to, TDR and my addiction to hate, and how i overcame 'the fear'.

  • MistahGG
    MistahGG 13 days ago

    So Great and Great! Nice

  • Joshua Neeser
    Joshua Neeser 13 days ago

    Okay... That's not how it happened 😂

  • 99thsketchythought
    99thsketchythought 13 days ago +1

    18k racists downvoted this video...dems

  • TF2
    TF2 13 days ago +1

    Vox is such a meme

  • Sage The Super Gamer
    Sage The Super Gamer 13 days ago

    This country was doomed from the start, no nation lasts forever, and on the other side of the world, people will actually agree.

  • Jorn Johnson
    Jorn Johnson 13 days ago

    Can't even get 5 seconds in. Video from VOX that tries to negatively associate Trump as the antithesis of Lincoln. Sorry not biting on this race bait cookie, get lost Vox, and for God's sake, youtube get your $#!T together.

    • Gar Goil
      Gar Goil 12 days ago

      You are wrong, but no amount of sound reason will ever enable you to see it.

  • Dylan Lemma
    Dylan Lemma 13 days ago +1

    It’s not racist if it’s true facts.. lol

  • Zacknid Comics
    Zacknid Comics 13 days ago +1

    Well! Well! Well! Someone was more smat to show the truth behind ploitics way better than those popular baffoons on social media that worship the Liberals.

  • David Powell
    David Powell 14 days ago +1

    Religion is the main problem. Cults are bad.

  • just1097J2
    just1097J2 14 days ago

    I appreciate the knowledge that has never been properly taught and most I have never heard of. I don’t participate in turning the other cheek but I will look another man in his face

  • chris
    chris 14 days ago +3

    So Republican = Pro Corporations,
    Democrats = Pro People

  • Anita Jerkin
    Anita Jerkin 14 days ago

    False - they switched because of welfare given, and the Great Society Act, which is still destroying black communities to this day.