The 2016 U.S. election was especially divisive. Families fought over political affiliation and presidential choices like never before. Voting became a touchy topic among colleagues, friends, and acquaintances alike. It's becoming apparent that it's bleeding into our dating lives as well.
While politics used to simply be a topic of conversation, it seems that political affiliation has become a deal-breaker for many single people in the dating realm.
Anna Orso wrote a story detailing the ways that dating coaches and experts have said that political affiliation is becoming more of an important issue for bachelors and bachelorettes this year.
In the article, Anna told the story of one particular man who went on three dates with a woman whom he met online. On the third date, he revealed that he voted for Trump. He was the Treasurer of the Philadelphia Young Republicans, in fact. When he told her his choice for president, his date promptly got up and left.
Whether or not one would do the same became a contentious issue when the story hit Twitter.
After Camera Boy Mike tweeted a screenshot of Anna's article, Twitter user @kethera retweeted it with this message.
She asked people to retweet her tweet if they would end a date if the person said they had voted for Trump. The tweet now has over 149,000 retweets.
People didn't just retweet it, but added lots of commentary on their decisions, either for against leaving the date.
Nick Morgan said he would leave without even packing up the free breadsticks for a snack later. Some people thought it would be smarter to take those breadsticks and enjoy them himself, though.
It seems that most people wouldn't have had an issue with their hypothetical date being conservative or republican.
Most people said their issue was with their hypothetical date picking Trump as their specific candidate. Most of the replies say that they would not be okay dating someone who supports [Trump] a person who doesn’t care for their wellbeing.
They couldn't stand someone who would support or allow a racist, misogynist, xenophobic, selfish person to run the country.
It had to do with different personalities, but it also had a lot to do with the values behind particular political choices. It’s not the same as voting for tax cuts or benefits.
It seems that her point is not that all Trump supporters are racists and misogynists. The point is that they supported a racist and misogynist by voting for Trump.