Days 516 and 517: 10/17/20-10/18/20

If I didn’t know any better, I’d think Trump and Ted Cruz liked each other.


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.

Two days of emails

Donald Trump sent 27 emails over the weekend, while Joe Biden sent 10.

Trump never asks me to volunteer for him

While Biden is focusing on phonebanking and raising money to contact voters, Trump is focusing on raising money to pay for his rallies (900% matched!) and to promote Ted Cruz’s new book, One Vote Away, which is all about the Supreme Court.

All 4 Supreme Court emails were promoting Cruz’s book.

Trump is always heavy on the money-related asks.

Whenever Biden asks me to attend something, such as a phonebank over the weekend, he also asks me to forward the message to 3 of my friends. Biden has also been very good at reminding me to check my voter registration and make sure that I’ve voted.

Trump, on the other hand, is still focusing on spreading his germs by inviting me to enter a contest to attend one of his rallies and, get this, get a photo with him.

It’s going to be EPIC.

In true ‘grandpa learned a cool new word and thinks he’s hip’ fashion, Trump has been using EPIC in so many of his emails. A full 7 of his 27 emails from the weekend mentioned his EPIC rallies.

Somehow, I don’t think those are very epic.

This time next week, Trump will be over 1,000

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