Facing rejection, Republican daters are turning to right-wing dating apps

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Republicans are having a tough time meeting people over popular apps like Tinder, Bumble and OkCupid. So in larger numbers, they are turning to specialty right-wing dating apps to find like-minded matches.

A recent report from Vox examined this trend, noting that a growing number of profiles include the phrase “Trump supporters swipe left” – so that conservatives don’t even get a chance to strike up a conversation. OkCupid and Bumble have allowed members to state up front if they won’t date someone who doesn’t agree with their politics, making it harder for people on opposite sides of the aisle to connect romantically.

Because of the brewing frustration among conservative daters, some new dating apps catering to the excluded crowd have grown in recent months. Righter, Conservatives Only, Trump Singles, Patrio, and Donald Daters all offer a politically-friendly alternative to daters who are feeling discouraged with their current options – including Trump staffers who, according to an article in the Washingtonian, said they were having trouble getting dates in D.C.

In fact, many Trump staffers have chosen to live in the same small area outside of the city, where they can socialize among themselves without running into (and getting rejected by) more progressive-minded young singles, according to an article in Politico.

Vox interviewed Emily Moreno, founder of Donald Daters, who first saw a problem when she was meeting a date for drinks. Her date walked out soon after she told him she’d worked on a Republican Senate campaign. She noted that many of her conservative friends felt the same dismissive reactions when they shared their political beliefs, and that they had to “censor themselves” on dates.

With Donald Daters, users get 25 free swipes per day, and after that they can purchase credits to pay for more swipes. The app offers subscription tiers with varying prices depending on the plan. It was downloaded over 20,000 times in the weeks after it first launched, according to Moreno.

Studies show that the political divide in dating is getting more pronounced. Pew Research’s report from a 2014 survey showed that “30 percent of conservatives would be unhappy if a family member married a Democrat, and 23 percent of Democrats said they’d disapprove if a relative married a Republican,” according to Vox. This was two years before Trump was elected, which has only made the divide deeper.

The question at the heart of dating, and ultimately why it intersects directly with political affiliation, is what values do you hold, and what values do you consider most important for a potential romantic partner?

Right wing dating apps might not be the answer to bringing people closer together, but for now, they are attracting both attention and new customers.