President Franklin D. Roosevelt is shown here forcing the Democratic Party, represented by a donkey, the party’s mascot, to accept the New Deal as it would otherwise lead to their death. Resistance to the New Deal was prevalent in the years leading up to this cartoon. Republican Herbert Hoover was one of the main opponents against the New Deal as he called for a cutback of government spending. It was essential for Roosevelt to have his party’s support to carry out his plan. It was the opinion of Jim Berryman that he was forcing his party to accept the New Deal.
Aruther Schlesinger. The Age of Roosevelt: The Crisis of the Old Order. (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1957). 230.