Donald Trump supporters looking for love now have their own dating site – but only straight singles need apply.
“Dating in 2018 is more of a challenge than ever before, thanks in part to today’s polarising political landscape,” says Trump Dating, which claims to offer “love, romance and friendship” to lonely Republicans.
With bipartisan co-operation in the dating world in almost as sorry a state as in Washington DC, “wouldn’t it be refreshing to already know that your date roots for the same team?” the site asks, alongside a photo of a canoodling couple in pro-Trump baseball caps.
However, LGBT lonely hearts will have to look elsewhere to find their America First romance – the site only allows users to sign up as “straight man” or “straight woman”.
Trump Dating is a new addition to the Friends Worldwide Dating Network, which describes itself as a “market leader in [the] niche dating industry”. Other speciality dating websites under its umbrella include military match-finder SingleSoldiers.org, and Culinary Friends, which helps foodies find love.
The site came to mainstream attention over the weekend after NPR reporter Tim Mak spotted the service:
— Tim Mak (@timkmak) February 17, 2018
Reporters from Australian lifestyle site Pedestrian TV promptly created a profile posing as a male Trump fan, and were presented with profiles whose pick-up lines included: “Break down the wall around my heart… and make Mexico pay for it!”. Another profile simply read “White power”, followed by a pink heart emoji.
Predictably, Trump Dating prompted plenty of mirth on social media as Twitter users explored the site:
Hey, it%u2019s %u201COkStupid%u201D
— bongmaster aka the velvet octopus (@jerweber) February 18, 2018
Haha….looks like we%u2019ve got a match!! pic.twitter.com/twOWbipVRH
— Tricia (@coobyd_tricia) February 17, 2018
— nick jones (@easilydissolved) February 17, 2018
okay leaving aside the 800000000 other more pressing concerns about this concept why would you not use the tagline MAKE AMERICA DATE AGAIN https://t.co/RUW6pe8hqH
— Alexandra Petri (@petridishes) February 18, 2018
Others noted that the apparent exclusion of gay users was ironic given that the site appeared to have no qualms when it came to married daters:
They let you join if you are happily married, just like the man himself! pic.twitter.com/NlhYRCIBql
— Jim Swift (@JSwiftTWS) February 17, 2018
However, despite the online ribbing, the principle at the core of Trump Dating is a solid one, it would appear. “A Tinder study found 71% of online daters consider differing politics a dealbreaker in a relationship,” says Business Insider.