Trump is still the theme of the weekend.
For all new readers: Welcome! I am currently on the mailing lists of 1 candidate for the Democratic Presidential Nomination, but I’ve been on 28 mailing lists! 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!
I signed up to all mailing lists either on May 21 or the day the candidate announced, whichever was later. Using a different email address, I have donated at least $1 to all candidates who have been on a debate stage (I have given additional donations to my preferred candidates through my personal email, but the campaigns have linked the two accounts together and may ask for more as a result).
When showing breakdowns by campaigns, there will usually be 2 numbers. Emails to my non-donor account will be indicated by a darker color/top bar in horizontal bar charts. Emails to my donor account will be indicated by a lighter color/bottom bar.
Unless otherwise specified, all other charts combine the donor and non-donor numbers, as they are roughly 1-for-1, so the percentages and relative differences don’t change much. You can divide the numbers in half to get the rough estimate for what someone not signed up twice would be receiving. The rules I try to follow for the various categories are laid out in The Framework.
If you want specific data on any particular day, feel free to drop a comment!
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.