Elephants are intelligent beasts of burden found across the globe.<quoted text>
Elephants are fat, gassy and greedy. They hog up the water and vegetation leaving as little as possible for other animals.
As for the donkey, it was a useful farm animal well into the 19th century. The elephant is distinctly non-American.
Liberals make asses of themselves routinely and take so much pride in it that they take the Ass to be the symbol of their party.