Day 466: 8/28/20

Oh no. Debate season is starting up again.


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.


Donald Trump sent out 10 emails on Friday, while Joe Biden nearly doubled his usual output with a massive 7 emails.

Trump sent as many fundraising emails as Biden sent emails.

What was so important as to trigger seven emails from Biden?

End of month fundraising, of course.

Now that the conventions are over, both campaigns are scrambling to pull in as many dollars as possible so they can declare themselves the more popular campaign going into September. However, while Trump’s campaign gave me a congratulatory card to sign, an opinion poll to counteract the phony polls done by the reputable polling agencies, and asked me to become a Trump Text Member again, Biden asked me to phonebank for a local candidate (hi Chokwe!) and gave me information on making sure I was registered to vote, including links to check my registration.

Gotta say, I have voted in every election since I was eligible, and I’m still paranoid and keep double-checking my registration this year every time someone suggests it.

Trump also offered to give me a flag like the types used in those EPIC boat parades. Except it’s not just giving the flag away. I have to give $25 to him, and then he’ll give me a flag. But hey, that’s better than the usual $35 he asks for, right?

Fundraising is growing again.

Both Trump and Biden insisted that they had the hopeful, upbeat, energetic convention, while the other side was doom and gloom. Trump went so far as to send me the exact same email 3 times with different subject lines to let me know how Trump’s speech on the White House South Lawn (illegal) was the BEST CONVENTION SPEECH IN HISTORY and he was disappointed that I hadn’t stepped up and donated to support him.

Three times in a row.

My dear, if you have to insist something is true that many times, I suspect it might be because it isn’t actually true…

Do not take lessons from Trump on how to do things.

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