Unlike Joe Biden, who only has 1 mailing list, Donald Trump has about fifty billion. I’m only on one of his, which leads to days like Friday.
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 3 emails on Friday, while Donald Trump sent me none.
Biden started off the day by asking for donations before Trump took the stage for his New Hampshire rally. Little did he know that Trump was actually canceling his New Hampshire rally, claiming it was far too dangerous with Tropical Storm Fay bearing down on the northeast.
Except… not really. And the rally was in a hangar. It seems far more likely that the rally was canceled due to another anticipated low turnout. Or maybe someone just gave Trump a weather map and a Sharpie again.
(Fay did hit the Northeast, making landfall in New Jersey and weakening as she moved inland. Her projected path takes her over Vermont and just skirting the edge of New Hampshire.)
Carole King followed up with an email talking about how she wonders why she keeps being asked to donate, then she remembers what’s at stake and donates again, so I should donate too. On the one hand, yes, absolutely yes, we need to elect Biden because there is literally no other path to save the country. This election is too critical to be fussy about how I’m being treated by the emails in my inbox.
On the other hand… it is precisely because we are in this situation that the emails in my inbox should be better. Our votes are effectively being taken from us: if you don’t want to kill America, you vote for Biden regardless of your thoughts or feelings on him and his campaign. It makes me angry every time the Biden campaign talks about how much excitement there is for him or how much he’s loved and respected: don’t confuse necessity with affection. I am not voting for Biden because I think he is the best person for the job. I’m voting for him because right now, he’s the only person for the job. The campaign has my vote, but they need to stop assuming they have my heart.
I suppose it’s partly my fault, because I never answer their surveys. Unlike all of the other most important surveys the Biden campaign has put out, the third email of Friday had the most important survey they’d ever sent.
I’m still not going to respond to it. I don’t feel like the campaign cares about me, and I don’t think filling out the latest in their non-stop surveys is going to make a difference. They have my vote. I have other things to spend my time on.