The effort to put a woman on the $20 where Andrew Jackson has been has been eye-opening. I took a Jefferson and Jackson class during my MA time.
Old Hickory (Jackson) threw the Democrats into a tailspin that they hadn't recovered from until the time of FDR. The Whig party of the 1800s was a reaction against Jackson by Democrats.
Jackson was a Democrat, but a conservative one. More Dems who hated Jackson moved to the Whigs.
Keep in mind that before Jackson, we were still having the Federalists and Democratic-Republicans.
Is it possible that we will see a reaction among the Right Wing that will turn the Alt-Right into a legitimate political party? The moderate conservatives would likely stay loyal to the Republicans.
I think this would be a good move. Where would you peg Trump? With the Alt-Right as an antiestablishment populist? Or with the GOP?
Finally, have the Democrats thought of forming a new name for their party. Jackson, who the Dems rally against for the Trail of Tears, was the first president of our (now) Liberal Democrats.