This past week, the focus has been largely on Trump.
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.
Joe Biden sent 22 emails to me as a non-donor and 21 emails as a donor, which is on par with his usual 3 emails a day.
He sent an extra email on Thursday, and because I had signed one of his petitions on Monday, I didn’t get the reminder email to my donor account on Tuesday.
As usual, Biden’s focus was on fundraising, with 60% of his asks directly asking for money. He also offered up a handful of petitions: condemn Trump, support the USPS, demand Facebook changes its ways…
Biden also sent me two nearly word-for-word identical emails with the good news that he was extending the deadline to get a membership card. All I had to do was contribute to the Beat Trump Fund! (I ended up contributing through a non-card donation link. I wonder if that means I qualify for the card.)
The overall theme this week was definitely Trump, though. Between the Beat Trump Fund, the petition to condemn the President, his actions with the USPS, and many more, a full 17 of the 22 emails revolved around Trump.
And then, of course, there were the two emails about Trump’s birthday card, both from Rob Flaherty, both oozing malicious glee. It’s easier to tear someone down than it is to build someone up. I’m saddened that for all his talk of battling for the soul of the nation, Joe Biden settles for cheap shots on Trump instead of the hard work of supporting and empowering an angry and hurting country.