If Joe Biden addresses the riots via email for the first time on June 1, I am going to be very disappointed in him.
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.
This past week, Joe Biden sent me 25 non-donor emails. This was completely expected, as it’s an end-of-fundraising-period week, which means he needs to rake in the dollars.
He only sent me 13 donor emails. At some point, he decided that I only need to receive 1 donor email a day, if that. I have no idea why: I didn’t ask to join his fewer-email mailing list.
The week started off normal, with 3 emails to each account. On Wednesday, Biden upped his game to 4 emails… but dropped his donor emails partway through the day. Since then, he has only sent me at most 1 donor email a day.
Over the past week, it’s fairly accurate to say America has exploded in anger over injustice.
Biden has not given a mention of it.
Of the 7 emails sent this week mentioning news events, we had 2 on Donald Trump’s trashy emails, 2 on Memorial Day, 2 more on Trump’s trashy emails, in case I missed the first one, and 1 on Trump’s mishandling of COVID-19.
Now, Biden is making statements and pushing them out on Twitter, and he’s probably making statements on the news… but I, like many people these days, don’t have cable. I don’t watch the news. And if it weren’t for this blog, I wouldn’t have Twitter.
It’s not hard to throw together an email from one of Biden’s statements on the crisis and send it to the mailing list. Here, I’ll write it for his team:
In these harrowing times, it is important to have a leader we can look up to. Here is Joe Biden’s statement on the events unfolding across our country.
[INSERT OFFICIAL STATEMENT]
We understand this is a difficult period for many of you. Our thoughts are with everyone who is feeling lost or hurt or scared right now. Stay strong. Keep the faith. We are standing beside you.
I know, I know, no donation ask on the last day of the month!? How will Biden get those dolla bills!?
Truth is, right now, there needs to be something more important than fundraising. If Biden’s team waits until June 1 to email about the riots, then as far as I’m concerned, they’re just underlining the belief that black lives matter only after the money is taken care of.
Again, this past week, Biden’s emails focused on raising money. He was more considerate of those who died serving our country on Memorial Day, dedicating one whole email to not asking for money, than he has been of those who are living in fear or dying because of injustices in our systems.
Cory Booker and Tim Ryan are two Congressmen who are also up against the FEC deadline. They are also desperately needing money to keep their races at least competitive. Look at the emails they managed to send in the past few days:
Earlier this week, a familiar tragedy happened in America. An unarmed Black man was killed by law enforcement.
His name was George Floyd and he was murdered on camera by police in Minneapolis.
In recent days, we’ve seen major protests in Minneapolis and across the country — gatherings inspired by rightful outrage over the unconscionable circumstances surrounding George Floyd’s death.
It is heartbreaking that for so long there has been an utter lack of urgency to do something about the institutionalized racism that permeates our country. If we are to survive as a nation, we must change this gruesome reality.
I’ve said often that if America hasn’t broken your heart, you don’t love her enough — because there are deep injustices in our nation and it truly takes a love of country to point out those injustices and act to end them. Our anger must lead to meaningful action and real change.
We cannot allow our inability to do everything about the problem of racism in America stop us from doing more than we are right now. If we are not changing, then nothing will change.
We know that racism exists in our society. So, the real question we must ask ourselves is not ‘are you or are you not a racist?’ It’s ‘are you or are you not doing something about it?’
As Angela Davis said, “In a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be antiracist.”
In this moral moment, we all have a responsibility to be agents of justice actively confronting the truth within our society so we can begin a deeper healing.
Let’s get to work.
P.S. I was on MSNBC with Chris Hayes last night to discuss George Floyd’s murder and how we’ll overcome systemic racism. You can watch here.Cory Booker
Friend – This is a sobering moment for our nation and our state.
George Floyd was murdered in Minnesota by four police officers as he begged for his life because of the color of his skin. Should they have been fired? Yes. Should they be prosecuted? Yes. But this isn’t a one-off incident.
This has been happening since the dawn of our nation.
“I can’t breathe.”
The final words of Mr. Floyd echo those of Eric Garner and countless African Americans who have had their lives cut short or forever altered by the very people sworn to protect them. These images leave many feeling anger, fear, frustration, and pain.
In these images, African Americans see their children, they see their loved ones, they see themselves. Being Black in America means living with the fear that every interaction with law enforcement is a possible life or death situation.
When these difficult conversations come up, people like to mention how far we’ve come as a country.
“Slavery ended 150 years ago”
“We passed the Civil Rights Act”
“Jim Crow is gone”
“We elected a black President”
They argue that these somehow mean we are past racism.
We are not.
On days like today, it’s important to remember how much the color of our skin still impacts our lives. It determines where we live, the schools we go to, how much we earn, the opportunities we are provided, and – yes – whether our lives matter.
We have a long way to go.
My colleague, Rep. Joyce Beatty, was pepper-sprayed while attempting to deescalate a confrontation with police officers yesterday. It should never have come to this. Not in 2020, not ever.
She was marching for justice with Columbus City Council President Shannon Hardin and Franklin County Commissioner Kevin Boyce when she saw a protestor in jeopardy. She did what she could to help and, in her words, “next thing I know pepper spray is everywhere.”
This is not acceptable. As my colleague Rep. Beatty said: “It was an unnecessary use of force. For the officers to come not in a protective mode, but in an adversarial mode, in my opinion was also a part of the problem.”
We cannot allow our communities to be torn up. Violence and rioting is unacceptable.
But I join my voice to Joyce Beatty’s when she says: “people are hurting, and lives do matter. But we have to come together on this. We are letting history repeat itself.”
We can do better.
We must do better.
In solidarity,Tim Ryan
I’ve donated to multiple political campaigns this week. To those political campaigns. To the campaigns that show that they give a shit about something more than raising money.
I haven’t given to Biden this week. Money is not more important than lives. I’m not going to reward that way of thinking.
But hey. If I HAD donated, I might have gotten a call from Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden.