It’s approaching the end of a quarter, the first presidential debate, and the nomination of Trump’s 3rd Supreme Court justice… so of course the email volume is skyrocketing.
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 71 emails over the past week, while Joe Biden sent 31.
Trump has been holding in-person rallies (or as he calls them, “peaceful protests”) again, and they have been EPIC. He keeps referring to his speeches and the energy of the crowds as EPIC, which is clearly his new favorite word. Everything with Trump is EPIC.
Of course, with all of these events, Trump has been focusing on his main goal for the month: FILL THAT SEAT!
No, there’s no point in helping Americans with COVID-19-related trouble. No point helping small businesses closing and unemployed Americans facing eviction. Nothing is more important than getting another conservative justice on the bench to continue to pervert the rule of law in our country. Trump picked Amy Coney Barrett as his nomination, a judge who has already stolen the seat of a Black woman nominated by President Obama in 2016. That nomination was discarded by the Republican Senate so Barrett, a white woman, could have the seat.
There’s nothing the Republicans seem to love more than judicial theft.
Both Biden and Trump focused heavily on raising money, with Trump offering to match most of his donation asks at least 700%. He also offered plenty of chances for me to meet him at a special event in New Jersey, which according to the images, would be on a golf course. Biden, meanwhile, has been trying to make sure I understood how to vote and that Michigan has begun voting, so I should vote as soon as I possibly can.
Though Biden always gets worried around fundraising deadlines, he remains primarily positive, with hope and gratitude the two main themes of his emails. Trump has remained primarily negative when he’s not telling me I’m special, with hostility and guilt two of the top three themes of his emails.
Though Biden has been stressing to me how many times Obama has emailed (It’s ten, they claimed, before sending me his email again) and how that means I’m super important and he’s super important and it’s super important that I donate, Trump is the one filling up the rhetorical devices chart, hurling nicknames around like a toddler throwing a temper tantrum and setting up conflict between the two political parties.
Biden simply apologizes for asking for money, because it’s his least favorite part of being a politician and he hates it so much so can I just donate so he can stop asking already?
Both methods are exhausting, but I’d rather have the overly apologetic guy than the whiny baby who really needs a nap and a time out.