Well, Joe Biden managed to not address the riots for the first time on June 1. Doesn’t mean I’m not disappointed.
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.
Whatever problems Joe Biden had with my email seem to have sorted themselves out, though I never did get the missing emails. I’m back to an even balance of donor and non-donor emails, with 25 and 26 in the past week (I got invited to a Young Americans for Biden thing on my donor account).
Despite Sunday being the last day of a fundraising period, it was also one of the lowest days for email volume. Emails went up on Monday and Tuesday and up again on Saturday, which are unusual days for extra emails.
There was a newsletter from Biden this week, which pushed up the variety of asks, though the bulk remained the same: give us money, give us money for something, and fill out our surveys. They did push donations to the NAACP this week, sending two emails about that, and Biden finally emailed me about just the riots with no ask on June 2.
As always, with Biden’s emails, the bulk of the messaging focused on raising money for Biden. He did occasionally mention the racial injustice unrest or COVID-19, but he also mentioned Trump’s ad campaigns.
The policy email was part of the newsletter. In it, he laid out some of his plans for fixing the major problems we are facing right now.
But mostly, Biden just wanted money.
I was looking at his new email header quite a lot this week, though, and was thinking about it.
A note: we are holding off on emailing our grassroots supporters in a number of cities that are experiencing protests and unrest. This is a difficult time for our country and we understand that it may be an especially difficult time for many of you personally. If you’d like to pause fundraising emails for the next two weeks, click here.
I’ve been complaining that Biden hasn’t been using his emails to address the protests. But thinking about it, this header was even on the non-fundraising email Biden sent addressing the protests.
Does this mean that the people in the most-affected cities, the people who are desperately screaming for a compassionate and empathetic leader they can look to, aren’t getting anything from Biden’s campaign?
Does this mean that because Biden’s email team can’t figure out how to write an email that isn’t begging for money, they’re just going to cut off Biden’s empathy from the people who need to see it the most?
If you live in one of those cities where Biden stopped emailing, can you let me know if your emails from Biden stopped? Or did you at least get the newsletter and the emails about George Floyd?
Because if he cut those off too… do better. America needs a leader, not someone who just doesn’t talk to the people suffering the most.