In my opinion, since both the Democratic Party and Republican Party included many conservatives who were against civil liberties of all people; they both technically are Republican, and neither represent the people as they should.
I am going to lay this out in its simplest terms because this is how it was revealed to me. Politics have always been relative to money and power. But at some point, back in the day, the Republicans, the party of Lincoln, got involved with fighting to end slavery. Eventually, those in the Democratic party who were fervent in their efforts to deny people their earned rights, took over the Republican party; leaving the Democratic party as a weaker version of the Republican party (because they all didn’t leave).