Day 477: 9/8/20

I’m fairly convinced Trump doesn’t know what time zone my ZIP code is in.


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.

Post-holiday numbers

Donald Trump sent 11 emails on Tuesday, while Joe Biden sent 3.

Still talking about Labor Day

Interestingly, at least one of the early-morning emails that came in from Trump was still talking about Labor Day. Trump has repeatedly done this with me, sending emails that pertained to the previous day (such as fundraising deadlines and events) several hours into the following morning. I’m pretty sure he doesn’t know what time zone I live in, despite having my ZIP code.

Biden, on the other hand, is pretty good about emailing on the right day, though that is largely because Biden emails during the day and not usually after 10 PM or before 7 AM.

Trump loves those midnight emails.

WHAT? A blue matching emai!?

Biden sent out his first September newsletter, covering a lot of the events he had done in August and providing me plenty of links to watch speeches or interviews. He asked me to support his plans to build back better and linked me to his policy, and while he said I could submit questions, this was yet another newsletter that was lacking the Q&A section from normal people asking Biden normal things.

Biden did send me an email with a local text banking event, and he also called out Trump’s ridiculous 800% matching emails with an 8x match email of his own.

Have you ever seen the kinds of crazy, misleading fundraising appeals that Donald Trump sends to his supporters?

[image of a text message: Trump Finance: DEADLINE IN 6 HRS! If we get 150 donations we'll CRUSH our goal. We're upping the stakes. ANY GIFT WILL BE 8X-MATCHED! DONATE NOW: link to a donation site]

Text message from the Trump campaign
8X-MATCH? Does anyone really believe this?

But of course, how can we trust anything that comes from Donald Trump or his campaign?

We need leadership in the White House that is driven by honesty and decency, and a team around that president whose work reflects those values. Yes, we need Joe Biden.

So we've got a challenge for you. Instead of lying and promising you that someone else is going to 8X-match your donation, we're asking you to 8X-match your donation yourself!

Interestingly, the people writing the fundraising emails for a major political campaign are saying that the 8x-match is unbelievable and a lie. Granted, that’s what I’ve been saying all along, but this is the first time I’ve seen a political email acknowledge it.

The XXX%-match is not a Trump-only scheme. It has a time-honored place in political email spam, and it’s one many Democrats also use. I find it very interesting to see Biden calling it out as a lie, and I wonder if any other Democrats will start changing their tune.

What Biden instead pointed out was that there were 8 weeks left to the election, so if you sign up for a weekly donation, you are 8x matching yourself. This is, yes, one perfectly legal way to run a matching program. (Christopher Hale, Democratic candidate for Tennessee’s 4th Congressional District, also offered the 8x match yourself in an email.)

Trump was really in a bad mood.

With it being 8-weeks out, Trump doubled-down on his angry rants about how the left HATES me and will come after me and I should watch him DESTROY Biden because getting violent is all he understands.

However, he did remember that he was still giving away a signed MAGA hat and I really should enter because he’s decided it is totally going to go to someone in my ZIP code.

I’m looking forward to seeing who in my area wins this hat…

Sometimes, for fun, I read Trump emails to my mother to try to perfect the inflection

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