Days 488 and 489: 9/19/20-9/20/20

There were two major topics on Donald Trump’s mind over the weekend: filling the Supreme Court vacancy and the upcoming debates.


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.

Over the weekend, aka 48 hours

Donald Trump sent a whopping 20 emails over the weekend, while Joe Biden sent 7.

Both candidates focused on the Supreme Court

With Justice Ginsburg’s passing, the Trump campaign has gone into overdrive. Not only are they chanting “FILL THAT SEAT,” but they’ve added a highlight to their emails…



Being with American Patriots last night has never felt better. The energy was UNMATCHED, and one thing became clear: the People want to FILL THAT SEAT!

We have a great Country, and we’re going to keep it that way, but I cannot do it alone, Amy. I need your help.

This is SO important I’ve activated an 800%-MATCH for the NEXT HOUR.
She hasn’t even been laid to rest yet.

…sent me a survey…

No. He shouldn’t.

…and made a shirt.

Fill That Seat Shirt

He is definitely trying to campaign on this Supreme Court vacancy.

But there’s one little problem.

His number was off by the time this email was sent.

The Democrats are also campaigning on the Supreme Court vacancy.

And they feel a little bit stronger when it comes to giving money for it.

ActBlue has reported over $100 million raised for Democrats, and that’s on top of the official announcement of the two campaigns filing their August fundraising hauls (Trump brought in $61 million in August, while Biden brought in $212 million. Biden now has $60 million more in his cash on hand than Trump does… and none of this includes the fundraising from Justice Ginsburg’s loss.)

And unlike the ghoulish emails sent by the Trump campaign, the Biden campaign is showing their heart…

Last night we lost Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg -- an American hero, a giant of legal doctrine, and a relentless voice in the pursuit of that highest American ideal: Equal Justice Under Law.

Today, and in the coming days, we will focus on the loss of Justice Ginsburg and her enduring legacy. But as VP Biden said last night:

The voters should pick a President, and that President should select a successor to Justice Ginsburg.

We know this moment hurts. We know so many across the country -- especially the women and other people who saw Justice Ginsburg’s life and legacy as an inspiration for their own -- are grieving deeply today.

But in the face of tragedy, we need to keep fighting.

That’s why today, we’re asking if you will split a donation between Joe’s campaign and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Everything is on the line now -- from the Affordable Care Act to women’s rights to voting rights and immigration and so much more -- so we need you with us now more than ever. And that means sending Joe and Kamala to the White House with a Democratic majority in the Senate.
Split donation

This wasn’t the only time Biden offered a split donation either.

3 outside asks.

In three separate emails, Biden stressed the importance of winning the Senate as well as the presidency and asked me to split a donation with the DSCC.

It may be worth mentioning that Trump has never talked about the importance of winning the Senate and pretty much acts like no other Republican exists in his emails, unless they are singing his praises.

Biden’s campaign is flush with cash and he is putting work into his coattails, that is, the train of downballot races that tend to follow the Presidential vote. A candidate with long coattails is good.

A candidate who doesn’t have coattails at all is a liability.

So. Many. Emails.

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