Day 364: 5/18/20

It was another newsletter day on Monday!


For all new readers: Welcome! I am currently on the mailing lists of Joe Biden and Donald Trump, though I have previously been on the mailing lists of 28 Democratic candidates! This blog breaks down recent emails with charts and excerpts. If you already know all of this, feel free to skip to the next chart!

It took some time for the Trump emails to kick in, so I started officially tracking his list on July 7. I have been tracking Biden’s for longer, but I will start comparing them as of July 7. All of these emails are going to a new email, and I have not donated, filled out surveys, signed petitions, or otherwise interacted with either candidate’s emails.

The rules I try to follow for the various categories are laid out in The Framework.

Most days, I don’t actually change this chart.

Joe Biden sent 3 emails on Monday, as expected.

Newsletters always have multiple asks.

One of Biden’s emails was his regular newsletter, which invited me to attend events, ask him questions, donate to a charity providing meals for hungry children across America, read various articles and watch various videos, and donate to his campaign.

I called the newsletter both campaign and news events.

One of Biden’s fundraising emails was actually focused on one of Trump’s fundraising emails, which I highlighted a few days ago.

Yep, trash

He goes on to talk about how this email isn’t true and barely even makes sense. Between this email and an answer in his newsletter, it really highlights the difference between Biden and Trump.

Question from Judy in Iowa: We lost our neighbor recently to COVID-19, it’s been really hard on the whole community. Do you have any words for those of us grieving? We certainly aren’t hearing any empathy from the current president.
To those who have lost someone to COVID-19, I know you feel like there’s a black hole in your chest, and you’re being sucked into it. I know you’re frightened and you’re scared, and you don’t know what to do. All I can tell you is that it will take time. But in time, you will find, it will happen that you will think of that son, daughter, husband, wife, mother, father, grandparent, friend, neighbor, that you lost, and you’re gonna get a smile on your lips before you get a tear in your eye. And that’s when you know you’re gonna make it. And I’ve found, in my experience, the way to get there is finding a purpose. Purpose will drive you. Purpose will help you feel like you can control your life again.

And the purpose will be, for many of us after this, what do we do to make life better? How do we make life better for other people? How could we have avoided what happened here? What are we going to do for the first responders who risked their lives and how are we going to make sure that after this they get a fair deal for their sacrifice? And the time will come to fight for this new purpose and for each other.

But in the meantime, your lost family member, neighbor, friend, is with you. They are in your soul, they are part of who you are. And you will get through this, and you will find purpose, and you will help so many people. I promise.

Joe Biden

Just imagine Trump answering that question. There is no question, out of the two choices available to us, who we need as our President next year.

Vote Joe.

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