The Republican party is no more republican then the Democratic party is democratic. Both are oligarchies promoting their namesakes as if those in charge (power) have the interests of the people firmly in their hearts (with their pocketbooks in their hands).
They are both corrupt, though the Democrats have taken fraud and debasement to levels (down) not seen since Thaddeus Stevens et al. This comparison falls flat to the Republicans since if they used it they would lose their connection with “The Party of Lincoln.” So, they, the Republicans, proclaim they are the conservatives and the Democrats are the liberals. Horse dung! Neither is either. However, the affectation about avuncular, old, Honest Abe is not going to be dispelled anytime soon as long as pseudo historians like Bill O’Reilly, Rich Lowery, et al can find a publisher.
But such a proclamation is necessary to garner the Southern voters (their base as they say) while at the same time reminding Southerners how evil they have been and how such malicious and sinful conduct needs to be completely eradicated by the destruction of Confederate monuments and heroes.
I take a brief aside to mention that no one has been more dutiful of this than the Bush family.