Day 487: 9/18/20

Rest in peace, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. One of the candidates wrote a memorial to this Justice.

One harangued the other for using a teleprompter.

Emails
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Biden3
Trump10

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.

Nothing odd here.

Donald Trump sent 10 emails on Friday, while Joe Biden sent 3 emails.

The events of Friday evening threw Biden for a loop.

It’s been a while since Biden offered any merch, but with 46 days left in the election, he had to offer a 46 sticker.

46 Sticker
They asked for a $25 donation for this sticker.

Trump, on the other hand, offered a MAGA hat for $45 (available on his store for $30). Supplies are limited, you see, and Don Jr. put one aside just for me, one of Trump’s top supporters, at this elevated price, but only for an hour. If I wanted to chip in an extra $30, I could get a hand-signed, personalized photo of Trump for just $75 (but not the hat).

Personally, I think none of those merch offers are really worth it.

Trump was also running his usual survey in which he asked his top supporters how well he was doing (Great, Good, Okay, or Other), asked me what I thought should be discussed at the debates, and asked me to try to win a contest to fly to D.C. to meet Trump. If that doesn’t work for me, there’s also a contest to fly out to the debates to meet Trump.

Biden, on the other hand, was offering the sticker and worrying about how time was running out, and it was more important than ever before that I donate immediately.

And then news broke about Ruth Bader Ginsburg passing away at the age of 87. Never before had more people on the internet collectively typed the word fuck as they realized that this meant, barring something extreme, the Republicans in the Senate would try to shove through a new Supreme Court justice to make the bench 6-3 in favor of conservatives. Womens’ rights, LGBTQ+ rights, immigrant rights, our very healthcare could all go up in smoke if the Supreme Court becomes so politicized.

Of course, in March 2016, Mitch McConnell said that it would be impossible to elect a justice in the final year of a President’s term, as the primary process had already begun and it was only fair that the American people got a voice in the next Justice, and therefore the people would pick the next President who would pick the next Justice. So that definitely means that…

…he’s saying it’s a totally different scenario right now, because the Senate and the President are of the same party, and therefore we need to rush Justice Ginsburg’s replacement through, and he made this announcement within an hour of the announcement of her passing.

Over the course of the rest of the evening, Trump did not mention the Supreme Court or Justice Ginsburg’s passing. Instead, he sent an email crying foul that Biden uses a teleprompter. How weak and feeble-minded is he!? The Fake News is clearly trying to brainwash Americans by suppressing this story!

Just to be clear, you know those glass panels that are present at every big speech?

These? (clip from a video of Trump’s remarks yesterday, September 18, 2020)

Those are not bullet-proof shields, as some people think.

Those are teleprompters. The same “magic” that makes the Haunted Mansion ghosts in Disneyworld also project the words onto those panes so the speaker can read their speech. They’re not the huge boxy things that you may remember from old TV shows.

Because everyone who gives a big speech these days uses a teleprompter.

A few hours after Justice Ginsburg passed away, Biden sent an email remembering her and promising to fight for her dying wish.

Tonight our nation mourns an American hero, a giant of legal doctrine, and a relentless voice in the pursuit of that highest American ideal: Equal Justice Under Law.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg stood for all of us. She fought for all of us. As a young attorney, she persisted through every challenge that an unequal system placed in her way to change the laws of our land and lead the legal charge to advance equal rights for women. It was my honor to preside over her confirmation hearings, and to strongly support her accession to the Supreme Court. In the decades since, she was consistently and reliably the voice that pierced to the heart of every issue, protected the constitutional rights of every American, and never failed in the fierce and unflinching defense of liberty and freedom. Her opinions, and her dissents, will continue to shape the basis of our law for future generations. May her memory be a blessing to all people who cherish our Constitution and its promise.

Tonight, and in the coming days, we should be focused on the loss of Justice Ginsburg and her enduring legacy. But just so there is no doubt, let me be clear: The voters should pick a President, and that President should select a successor to Justice Ginsburg. This was the position that the Republican Senate took in 2016, when there were nearly nine months before the election. That is the position the United States Senate must take now, when the election is less than two months away. We are talking about the Constitution and the Supreme Court. That institution should not be subject to politics.

Joseph R. Biden Jr.

He then fell silent for the rest of the night.

After all, that is what a leader does when a leader dies.

He helps his people mourn.

So close to 600

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