DATING WHILE REPUBLICANThe right can’t get no satisfaction in DC:

Young Republican staffers and lobbyists in Washington, D.C., are faced with backlash on the dating scene, according to a new analysis from Fox News.

Right-wingers living in D.C. say they often are insulted and met with hostility on dating apps.

Only four percent of votes in the capital went to President Trump in 2016.

Republicans said they’ve been harassed, flipped off and told they are responsible for the “death” of American democracy, Fox News reported.

Politico reported last month that many young members of the GOP have been driven off dating apps after negative responses.

A 31-year-old female administration official told Politico in June that she is often met with criticism on dating apps.

“You do the small talk thing, and you have a very good conversation, and then they might say, ‘You didn’t vote for Trump, right?’” she said. “As soon as I say, ‘Of course I did,’ it just devolves into all-caps ‘HOW COULD YOU BE SUCH A RACIST AND A BIGOT?’ And ‘You’re going to take away your own birth control.’”

A female Trump staffer told Fox News she was berated for posing with the American flag.

“Guys say, ‘Are you one of those Trumpies?’ It’s ridiculous,” the staffer said. “How did posing with the American flag turn me into a country-hating loser?”

A senior staffer on Capitol Hill said she was harassed on so many dating sites that she ends up dating other conservatives through mutual friends.

“It’s disheartening,” she told Fox News. “Basically, we now all date one another. It’s safer that way. I have a group of friends who are all pretty conservative and we end up dating in the same circle. I didn’t think coming to the heart of the nation’s capital would be like this, but it’s a reality these days.”

Dating across the political barricades can be challenging at the best of times, as I’ve blogged before. But in the current hysterical climate where Trump is Hitler and his supporters are “literally” Nazis who will destroy democracy and life as we know it, the challenge appears near insurmountable (never mind if you are actually a Nazi). People on the right are significantly more open to friendship and love with the “enemy”, which accords with my experience on and off the internet. This is yet another practical illustration of the dictum that the right thinks the left is wrong but the left thinks the right is evil. You could date someone who is misguided, but clearly not somebody who is a monster.

All this is sad; there is more to life and happiness than politics. People are free to surround themselves with whoever they want, but we’re heading into an increasingly polarised and divided society of “two nations”, which have no contact and interaction with each other except for heaping abuse at each other through social media.

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