Days 481 and 482: 9/12/20-9/13/20

Joe Biden may have been quiet this weekend, but Donald Trump made up for it.


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.

The difference is laughable.

Donald Trump sent 19 emails over the weekend, while Joe Biden only sent 5.

We’re almost halfway through the month, hence the fundraising focus.

The 15th is right around the corner, which means everything is laser-focused on money. We’re in the final stretch before the election, after all, just 50 days left. All of Biden’s emails asked me to make a donation, with most of them using their unspecified benchmark or mid-month goal as a reason why I should donate.

Trump split his money asks into a variety of styles, sometimes offering me contest entries or merchandise in exchange for money (for the low, low price of $45, I can get a yard sign proudly declaring THE BTE FAMILY SUPPORTS DONALD TRUMP!).

Three of Trump’s emails offered me a survey instead. Two of them were asking me if I thought Trump deserved the Nobel Peace Prize (No.), while the third was asking me if I supported Operation Warp Speed (No.).

Guilt is a handy tool of campaigns and religious mothers everywhere.

Technically, the survey in the email Trump sent about Operation Warp Speed was asking my opinion on it, but the email itself… well…


Trump goes on to list all the ways that he stepped up to save America from the China Virus (his words, twice, in the email) and the ways Biden screwed over the country, including (but not limited to) the Obama-Biden administration using up all of our critical emergency stockpile (unspecified what it was a stockpile of, and neglecting to say that he didn’t refill it in the THREE YEARS he had before it was needed). Then, because Biden and Harris are opposed to Operation Warp Speed, he started calling them anti-vaxxers and saying that they would rather watch our nation suffer than do anything to help Trump.

(I seem to recall Biden rolling out a step-by-step plan of how to tackle the pandemic months ago, making it public, and begging Trump to do it…)

Operation Warp Speed, by the way, involves removing all of the safety rails from the vaccine development process, meaning the resulting vaccine will not be properly tested and will not be properly created using standard and safe methods. A bad vaccine widely administrated could end up harming more people than it helps: rules and regulations are in place for reasons, and those reasons aren’t just to make you frustrated with the rules and regulations. This is why Biden and Harris (and anyone with half a brain) is opposed to it. There are proven, safe ways to keep coronavirus under control: everyone wears masks, stays out of public spaces whenever possible, washes their hands frequently, and keeps at least 6 ft apart from other people. Every other developed country in the world has demonstrated this.

But Trump has sworn that the vaccine will be ready by the end of the year, and coronavirus will be eradicated in 2021.

I do think we’ll be able to get the coronavirus under control in 2021, but it will be because we’ve elected Biden, not because of anything Trump has done.

538 emails. Hi Nate Silver

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