Don't Get Dumped for Lovin' Trump: 4 Ways to Make Your Love Life Great Again
They say opposites attract. When it comes to red vs blue - not so much.
Politics and dating have never really mixed well.
But since the divisiveness of the 2016 election, and the drama that has followed, what once was just a topic deemed off limits for a first date has become a real deal-breaker for singles on both ends of the political spectrum.
So, how does a Republican living in Trump’s America navigate this divisive dating landscape?
1. Avoid Unexpected Surprises
You’re on a first date with a guy. The conversation’s going really well, you’re laughing, he’s charming. And then he mentions that he loathes Trump and can’t understand why someone would ever vote for him and your hand instantly shoots up and you demand the check.
Well, there’s a way to avoid this - by heading to the dating sites which make it easy to get a glimpse into a date's political leanings.
On Elite Singles, members fill out an in-depth personality profile, which is used as the basis of the matchmaking on the site.
Alongside the standard dating questions, there are some more telling questions thrown into the mix - about political leanings, how often one engages others on the subject and one's willingness to date someone with opposing views.
And then there are sites like Zoosk where you can filter based on a host of factors - including, you guessed it, party affiliation!
If you do have any deal breakers they’ll likely be hashed out before a first date. So if you’re a hard-line Trump supporter, you’ll be certain the person sitting across from you won’t be sporting a “Never Trump” bumper sticker.
2. Trump Supporters Only Please
Sometimes all you need to do is to simply let people know what you want - or, in this case, don’t want. Many singles already put one liners on their profile - “no drama zone” or “must love dogs.”
So if you do feel strongly about not dating across the aisle, you can go full force with something like “Trump fans swipe right” or, for a bit more subtlety, “Make dating great again.”
3. Realize the Underlying Politics of Dating Sites
There are thousands of dating sites out there to meet the needs of almost every single.
Gluten free? There’s a site for you. Horseback-riding enthusiast? There’s a site for you. Farmer who loves punk music? Haven’t seen it, but I’m sure it exists.
Now of course, there are sites for the staunchly Republican - like Trump Singles, which pairs conservatives across the country.
But, more interesting, is that most popular dating sites have some latent political leaning - simply because of demographics and brand reputation.
4. Can Love Trump Politics?
Your last option is probably the most difficult one - try not taking politics so personally.
Because it's during these precise moments when things become frenzied that humans tend to need each other the most.
One example? Dating sites noticed a surge in activity after Trump's election and then again after he was sworn in as president. The CEO of eHarmony explained it this way, “When times get unpredictable, they [singles] just want to be with someone,"
And at the end of the day, wouldn’t it be great to discover that love really does conquer all? Even a red and blue divide?
If you're ready to meet a partner who stimulates your political passions, head over to Zoosk and discover a better way to date.