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.
oh my lord https://t.co/cfRtb3vTFR— Mike Darnay (@Mike Darnay)1510056974.0
After Camera Boy Mike tweeted a screenshot of Anna's article, Twitter user @kethera retweeted it with this message.
RT if you'd end a date if they said they voted trump https://t.co/rKoDtgYCe3— tater thot (@tater thot)1510094962.0
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.
@MikeDarnay Seems pretty fair to me, conservatism is one thing but Trump? Would walk out on a girl the same way.— Mitchell Bennett (@Mitchell Bennett)1510069768.0
They couldn't stand someone who would support or allow a racist, misogynist, xenophobic, selfish person to run the country.
@MikeDarnay @Unnsylvania I'd do the same thing in a heartbeat. I need to know the person I'm with cares more about… https://t.co/8sl587Y5UC— OUFENIX (D) (@OUFENIX (D))1510119289.0
During the 2016 election, Trump made it clear that he didn't care about women and minorities.
@Unnsylvania @oufenix @MikeDarnay He told her he voted for Trump. She said, "I think we're two different people," a… https://t.co/8vVpDwHmzR— Nerd Mellon (@Nerd Mellon)1510167908.0
Some people shared other (unrelated) surprises they had learned upon meeting someone for a blind date.
@Corn_Star_Gorl @AstridBears @mshvan @MikeDarnay @PennyRed I had a first date who turned out to be a Prepper. He ha… https://t.co/dIP6UIWDDo— Brenda Abele (@Brenda Abele)1510190284.0
This person reminisced about a time when a contestant from Real World: New York turned down a date for being a Bush supporter.
@malicious203flk @MikeDarnay I had a vague idea of my political ideology at 16. I have a hard time accepting there… https://t.co/Ac02K2MNiH— Tempeh Fueled Climate Activist (@Tempeh Fueled Climate Activist)1510113758.0
People had all kinds of suggestions for the girl that left Bryan at the dinner table.Amanda Whitcomb replied, "I need to have some of those printed and hand them out to family members. Maybe I'll put them in HOLIDAY cards."
Lots of people strict guidelines about what they can accept in a romantic partner–politics aside.
@braak @kethera I stopped dating someone for liking Kevin James and I stand by that decision even if I die alone.— Jason "Friend To Dogs" Brunet (@Jason "Friend To Dogs" Brunet)1510112003.0