Trump is still the theme of the weekend.
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 only sent 5 emails over the weekend, 3 on Saturday and 2 on Sunday. Regardless, his theme was Trump in all five emails.
Whether it was doubling down on Rob Flaherty being a bit of an ass or trying to peddle stickers, everything in Biden’s emails this past weekend was dedicated to Trump.
We had “Sign Trump’s birthday card!” We had “Trump isn’t trying to save the USPS!” We had “donate to the Beat Trump Fund!”
And we had a new sticker.
Now, I was part of Team Pete, and our political swag game was super-charged. There is a huge box in my living room of signs, posters, buttons, stickers, t-shirts, hats, keychains, jewelry, facemasks, etc. all going to one Pete supporter. We love our swag, we show off our swag, we spread our swag around.
We do not feature Trump on our swag.
Why not? Because we want to be happy when we see it. The whole point in showing off a sticker is showing what we support, what we’re proud to support, what we’re proud enough to openly say we support. I cringe when I see Trump’s face. I cringe when I hear late night hosts doing impressions of his voice. The last thing I want to do when I look at my phone or my laptop or wherever people put their stickers is feel anger and disgust.
I want to feel hope. I want to feel pride. In the words of Marie Kondo: “Does it spark joy?”
Trump’s face, even in black and white, will never, ever spark joy. I refuse to pay money to have the privilege of owning a likeness of Trump.