For those of you asking: Kanye West does not have a Presidential mailing list, and that is one of many reasons why I’m not tracking him too.
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 out 3 emails yesterday, while Donald Trump only managed 2.
Both of Trump’s emails were asking for donations, while Biden had a variety of asks.
What was perhaps most surprising was that Biden actually sent me an email about a policy of his. It’s a new policy, designed around rebuilding America’s manufacturing strength, but he still talked about something of substance. He then asked me to be a citizen co-sponsor.
Asking me to become a citizen co-sponsor was something I called “empowering,” because it made me, the reader, feel like I could step up and have an actually important role in the campaign. (Or, at least, that’s what it was meant to do. Me, a reader of 16,000+ political emails knew it was just trying to get me to sign on to his mailing list and be funneled to a donation page.)
Oddly enough, “empowering” is not a typical Biden email emotional tone. I’ve actually been trying to track both Biden and Trump since Bernie Sanders dropped out, and while my access to Trump’s emails have been erratic… empowering emails showed up 41 times.
Only 7 of those times were they from Biden.
Funnily enough, “guilt-tripping” also showed up in 41 emails over that entire period, with only 4 from Biden (and they were all using Obama’s “Whatever you’ve been doing, it’s not enough” line). Trump is very good at guilt-tripping like a whiny toddler.
Where have you been?
I just found out that you STILL haven’t accepted your invitation to join the Trump 100 Club and I wanted to reach out to give you one more chance to join.
Because you’ve always been such a loyal Patriot in the past, I’ve been authorized to EXTEND your offer until 11:59 PM TONIGHT.
After tonight, your offer may be given to the next supporter in line who’s ready to fight for their President.
My husband, Eric, joined, Don Jr. joined, and so did Alex from Wisconsin! We’re just waiting on you now, Amy.
President Trump needs to know that he can count on you right now, Amy.
He only selected his TOP 100 supporters to join this prestigious club, and I know he’ll be disappointed if I have to report back that you passed up this opportunity.Lara Trump, Senior Advisor, Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.
I’ve been such a loyal patriot to Trump, signing up for his mailing list and nothing else.
Notice, though, how this club is only for his top 100 supporters? How many supporters do you think get invited to the exclusive Platinum club?
I need to set the record straight.
In 2016, I was simply your voice, but YOU were the one who took our Country BACK.
Time and time again, you’ve stood by my side and shown the Left that this is YOUR Country, not theirs. You have been a fierce and loyal defender of our mission to Make America Great Again, which is why I now want to present you with a special offer to make an even BIGGER impact.
Since you’ve been such an important part of our movement, I wanted to give you this exclusive opportunity to become an Official 2020 Trump Platinum Member. When you become a member, you’ll even get your very own PERSONALIZED Membership Card.
This is the FIRST time I’ve ever opened this exclusive membership group to my online supporters. Normally, this group is reserved for just my top 500 supporters. This could be your one and only chance to join, Amy.
These membership cards are reserved for only my most loyal supporters. Your offer is ONLY available until 11:59 PM TONIGHT, so don’t wait.
I need you on my side to fight for our Nation, Amy.
Trump Platinum Members will be crucial to our fight against the Radical Left in November, and I can’t imagine winning without YOU on the team.
I’ve asked to see the Official Roster as soon as I walk into my office TOMORROW and I’ll be looking for your name. This is your chance to get on the FIRST list I see. Don’t let me down.
I’m not sure which is more desperate, the President needing to know his top 500 or 100 supporters and checking lists daily to make sure his favorite names are on them, or the people desperately paying money so they can believe that Trump has seen their names?
I don’t need my leader to know who I am specifically. I just need them to give a shit about me and everyone else that they don’t know.
Like we said — no vote is taken for granted on this campaign. Joe and the rest of our team are going to continue to work our hearts out over these final four months to earn every last vote, and win this battle for the soul of the nation.
We want to be conscious of your time, so we’ve made this poll real quick. Click below to begin our new supporter poll and let us know if you plan to vote for Joe in Michigan this fall:
Thanks for your time and for your support,Joe Biden 2020
The tone between these two campaigns is sometimes completely opposite.
Yes, Biden. I’m voting for you in Michigan this fall.