Day 463: 8/25/20

I think Joe Biden’s usual email volume has ticked up to 4/day now that there are fewer than 70 days until the election.


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.

Trump really isn’t being that loud for convention week.

Donald Trump sent out 9 emails on Tuesday, while Joe Biden sent out 4 emails.

Trump STILL wants me to consent to getting texts.

On the second night of the Republican National Convention, Biden mostly asked for donations, though he did offer me a free sticker. Trump, on the other hand, asked for donations, offered me official Trump store sales, offered me a free convention gift for a $45 donation, and asked for my approval of both his second term agenda and his convention speech (which he again forgot to attach).

At least Trump is talking about the convention.

While Biden usually recapped at least one of the speeches from the previous day’s convention, Trump’s convention emails are focused mainly on Trump’s speech. Eric Trump did email me to let me know he was speaking, but mostly he wanted to rant about how Biden would destroy America (and at the end of his convention speech last night, literally, he begged his dad to pay attention to him (“Dad, I miss working with you… I love you…”)). Other than that, there were 2 emails about donating to get my name on the screen during Trump’s speech (though they advertise “during his speech,” the names show constantly from the moment the stream starts, but only on the official GOP stream. News broadcasts don’t seem to include these names), 1 about a convention merch sale, and 1 about helping Trump with his speech by taking an approval survey.

Biden, on the other hand, talked about how nauseating and horrible the Republican National Convention was (email written by the real Carole King!), and how Biden was totally not nauseating or horrible, so he needs our help. He pointed out the huge difference between the conventions and offered me a sticker to show my pride and support for Biden, and he also worried over an ad blitz Trump is taking out during the RNC. He needs money to catch up (because, remember, Biden’s historically-sized ad blitz isn’t until the fall).

In addition, Jill Biden emailed to remind me about her speech during the Democratic National Convention and how Biden fought for their family and would fight for ours, because that’s the type of guy he is.

I’m trying to give Trump’s emails the benefit of the doubt.

Biden’s emotional tone was fairly well spread out on Tuesday, angry about the nastiness of the RNC, worried about the ad buy, competitive over the convention qualities, and hopeful that Biden can build back better. Trump, on the other hand, remained wallowing in the differences between the two and how Biden is bad, bad, bad, and also how I am his one true supporter who deserves all his love.

I really hope he stops paying attention to me soon. I’m so tired of his BS.

This isn’t even two full months of emails.

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