13 Facts About GOP


Republican Party, referred to as the GOP, is one of the two major contemporary political parties in the United States.

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The GOP was founded in 1854 by anti-slavery activists who opposed the Kansas–Nebraska Act, which allowed for the potential expansion of chattel slavery into the western territories.

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In 1912, former Republican president Theodore Roosevelt formed the Progressive Party after being rejected by the GOP and ran unsuccessfully as a third-party presidential candidate, feeling that William Howard Taft had betrayed the values of the Republican Party and calling for social reforms similar to those he had enacted during his presidency.

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The GOP lost its congressional majorities during the Great Depression under President Franklin D Roosevelt, whose popular New Deal programs shifted the country towards the Democratic Party for most of the next three decades.

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Election of 1864 united War Democrats with the GOP and saw Lincoln and Tennessee Democratic Senator Andrew Johnson get nominated on the National Union Party ticket; Lincoln was re-elected.

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GOP believed greenbacks posed a threat; greenbacks being money printed during the Civil War that was not backed by specie, which Hayes objected to as a proponent of hard money.

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GOP handpicked his successor William Howard Taft in 1908, but they became enemies as the party split down the middle.

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GOP called for social reforms, many of which were later championed by New Deal Democrats in the 1930s.

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GOP lost and when most of his supporters returned to the GOP they found they did not agree with the new conservative economic thinking, leading to an ideological shift to the right in the Republican Party.

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GOP appointed 260 judges in total, creating overall Republican-appointed majorities on every branch of the federal judiciary except for the Court of International Trade by the time he left office, shifting the judiciary to the right.

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GOP left office on January 20,2021, but the impeachment trial continued into the early weeks of the Biden administration, with Trump being ultimately acquitted a second time by the Senate on February 13,2021.

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Term "Grand Old Party" is a traditional nickname for the Republican Party, and the abbreviation "GOP" is a commonly used designation.

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The 2016 GOP Platform defined marriage as "natural marriage, the union of one man and one woman, " and condemned the Supreme Court's ruling legalizing same-sex marriages.

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