Donald Trump voters who are young, single and ready to mingle are looking for love just like anyone else but love has remained an elusive thing for them ever since the president took office. Ever since the elections in 2016, the conservatives who voted for Trump have reported something that is quite surprising. Critics of the current president and a lot of liberals are refusing to date the Trump supporters on native dating apps.
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The dating problem is even more difficult for conservatives in cities which have more of a liberal population like Washington D.C. 90.9% of the voters in that city cast their vote for Hillary Clinton.
4.1% of the people who voted for the current president, and who have moved to the capital city, find that dating isn't as easy as it once was.
TimeOut has reported that D.C. has the highest number, percentage-wise, of single people who use dating apps which is about 40%. The number of right-wing Trump supporters in this number, though, is very small and they are definitely feeling the pinch of their political choices.
The Washingtonian ended up interviewing some of the conservatives about their dating woes and some of them paint a pretty bleak picture. One official in the Trump Administration said: "A lot of times you'll connect with someone [on an app] and they'll Google you, find out you worked for Trump's campaign, and then it's pretty much all downhill from there."
Another person, who described themselves as a "moderate conservative", said: "The policies and these things that are attached to the right whether or not you're a supporter of Trump have been pre-supposed on you, and it's like a black mark."
There are times when dates go sideways after one of the people mentions politics or if two people who have matched in the app not even going out once because they have made their stance on which party they support very clear. The most common scenario though is the one where Trump supporters don't even end up matching in the app with anyone.
Some of the more progressive citizens have said that they judge people based on the pictures for example; a person wearing a Make America Great Again hat will not be considered or people who have hunting gear or US flag paraphernalia.
When it comes to online dating, people end up looking for others who have something in common with them and when it comes to things that are common these days, politics is one that youngsters seem to go for.
One woman who is a staff member at the White House told the publication that she doesn't consider anyone who is a Democrat and that she also did not consider anyone who happened to have studied at a small liberal arts college or if they have a picture from the Woman's March.
The capital city is not the only place where Trump supporters and employees are facing dating hardships.
CNN did interviews with a few conservatives in New York in December 2017 who also spoke about similar difficulties. Some of them even said that they aren't happy that their political choices have made it so difficult to get a half-decent date in their city.
Mike Lagana remembered matching with a woman on the dating site and the conversation they were having ended when politics was brought up. He told CNN: "I think it's nonsense. Just because I voted for someone does not mean I'm this stuff. Oh, he's racist, or he's a Nazi or whatever the case may be. I'm not any of that. I take offense to it. You know nothing about me."
He has apparently had multiple occasions similar to this one.
The Sacramento Bee did a round of interviews even before CNN in June 2017 and, like most other papers, they have also noticed that there are profiles on the site which has bios telling people to swipe left if they are Trump supporters.
22-year-old Alexandra Gonzalez, a Trump voter, said: "It's something that I don't necessarily say on a first date or even a second date. ... With such a controversial topic, it's something that I tend to veer away from." The Inquirer heard from the CEO of Master Matchmakers, a matchmaking firm, Steve Ward, that dating someone has now become almost a gargantuan task and it has become "much more polarizing" since the elections took place.
"There was always a rule that you shouldn’t talk about politics on a first date, but now it’s almost impossible for people not to express themselves and not know what the other person believes," he said.
Laurie Davis Edwards, the founder of eflirtexpert.com and relationship expert, told the publication that Trump's presidency is the cause of many people not finding dates.
"I've never seen it like this before, where people say "no" to Trump supporters, or they only want to date other Trump supporters," she went on. "It tells me that people are valuing politics much higher as a preference than they were before."
Political Science professor at Yale University and a person who studied partisanship impacts on online dating, Gregory Huber, told CNN that the attraction to a person can definitely be swayed by politics.
"There is evidence that shared politics affects your interest in dating someone," he said. "Politics matters. That is to say — shared partisanship or shared ideology." The makers of said dating apps have also taken note of this pattern. OkCupid in 2017 introduced an option on their site which lets users find the right dates using politics while at the same time, PlentyOfFish, Tinder, and Match.com studied how the political preference of their users was affecting their dating habits.
CEO and creator of Bumble, Whitney Wolfe, told Mashable in an interview in 2016: "Political views are more than just current topics, sometimes entire value sets can be tied to political views. It tells you a lot about a person."
One supporter of Trump was even banned from a dating app and the reason was not just because he was actually married.
Alt-right activist and conspiracy theorist, Jack Posobiec, has a profile on Bumble in January and was removed from the site after one female user flagged the profile on Twitter.
"Bumble was founded on the core values of kindness, respect, integrity, and equality," the company wrote, "and we do not tolerate anyone who does not hold these values on our platform."
Trump supporters are lucky, though, because there are two dating apps dedicated to them.
David Goss, a Southern California native, started TrumpSingles.com after the current president won the elections in 2016. The site had 18,000 active users on Inauguration Day. Trump.Dating was started this year and was launched under the name Friends Worldwide.
The site reads: "Make dating great again! Dating in 2018 is more of a challenge than ever before, thanks in part to today's polarizing political landscape."
"While searching for a potential partner on other dating sites, it's not uncommon to see messages like No Trump supporters or Proud liberal. We're wrecking the dating game and giving like-minded Americans a chance to meet without the awkwardness that comes with the first conversation about politics.
"Wouldn't it be refreshing to already know that your date roots for the same team?"
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