Day 497: 9/28/20

I’m not entirely convinced Trump’s campaign operates the same way typical campaigns do.


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.

Almost the same!?

Donald Trump sent 7 emails and Joe Biden sent 5 on the day before Debate Day, just two days before the end of the month and end of the quarter fundraising deadlines.

Not surprising

With the debate tonight and the end of the month tomorrow, both Biden and Trump are focused on raising money. However, while Trump is offering to put my name on the livestream broadcast on his website, Biden is instead inviting me to join a virtual watch party.

Except… he’s not really inviting me.

Somehow, Biden’s campaign has decided that I am Steven P. from Ohio.

Steven --

The past few weeks have made it even more clear just how much is at stake in this election: Health care protections for more than 100 million Americans with pre-existing conditions. Dreamers’ ability to remain in the only country they’ve ever known. The right to join a union. Our very democracy.

I had the chance to debate Joe Biden many times over the course of the primary, and I know that he’s preparing right now to talk about all of those issues at tomorrow’s debate.

And I also know how much a swell of grassroots support will mean to him, to show Joe that we’re all by his side as he takes the debate stage to face off against Donald Trump for the very first time.

That’s why, with a debate tomorrow and Joe’s end-of-quarter fundraising deadline on Wednesday, I’m asking:
Signed: Elizabeth Warren

This new name had only just begun Monday evening, but it’s continuing on throughout today’s emails. I’m learning more and more about myself with every email sent.

Steven is not a Debate Day donor. His surname is actually fairly unusual, though Googling turned up about seven of them, though I’m now getting invites to Ohio events and there is only one of these Steven P.s in Ohio according to Facebook.

Sorry, Steven. I didn’t mean to take your identity.

Again, not surprising.

As Trump leans into the us vs them rhetoric and the way the Democrats are definitely going to DESTROY THE COUNTRY if they get power, Biden continues to preach hope and gratitude, growing excited about the debate and eager to face down Trump on the stage.

Barely a mention of the debates at all from Trump

On the other hand, Trump is focusing on the Supreme Court and how dare the Democrats threaten to pack the courts, so the Republicans must preemptively pack the courts to stop them from packing the courts.

Question: If Trump is totally winning the election because all the polls are lying, as his emails imply, why is it so important to rush his nominee through? Doesn’t he still have four years (or twelve years, depending on who you ask) ahead of him?

Regardless, Biden is focusing on what is immediately at hand: the debate and the country’s health crisis. Trump is focusing on what he feels he can control: the Supreme Court.

I have nothing to say about this chart.

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