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In stark contrast to the protesting masses, he was feeling celebratory.
But Lagana had taken the Trump badges and stickers off his tool bag, to avoid any reactions.
Still jubilant about Trump’s election, Lagana’s politics are seeping into the conversations he has with dates.
The 24-year-old meets women in many ways: IRL (in real-life), on Facebook and Tinder.
Earlier this year, the dating web site Ok Cupid tested that theory by asking members if they stood with Planned Parenthood (a non-profit organization that provides reproductive and other health care services to women and is a frequent target of Republicans who seek to cut funding to the organization even though public money isn't used to pay for abortions.) New York responded with 90% of people supporting the organization and gaining an #IStand With PP badge, according to Melissa Hoble, the site’s chief marketing officer, who said it was a means of connecting users.
“In today’s political climate, we think it’s important to focus on unity, not division,” she said.
“Swipe left if you voted for Trump,” I’d see on one profile. The woman, a Chicago native, sought out the club because she felt politically isolated and sick of being told that she was wrong all the time.
Other versions included “If you voted for Trump, we shall not hump” and the less rhythmical, more brutal: “If you voted for Trump, swipe yourself off a cliff.” Back to the bar, over a vodka and soda, the young Trump voter is discussing dating as a conservative in New York with Roger Sachar and Jay Cruger, fellow members of a meetup group called the New York Republican Club. “A date shouldn’t be like an episode of C-SPAN,” says Cruger, a charismatic 24-year-old paralegal from the Bronx. They never shy away from talking politics, even in the sometimes combative, predominantly Democratic dating landscape of NYC. She likes Trump’s economics and thinks that New Yorkers need a different perspective of the President.
However, under the photos, a trend in descriptions was emerging.I think it’s hard to meet people that you’re going to have things in common with if you’re not putting your actual interests out there.” If your political ideology is going to be a deal-breaker for someone, is it worth figuring out before you go to the effort of putting on liquid eye-liner? Some men expressed relief to find someone who shared their politics. After matching with one man and swapping numbers, his text opener was to berate her for voting for Trump.After sharing his disgust, he reassured her that he would still go out with her, an offer that she politely declined.For some in the city, it’s the latest dating deal breaker.Many of the single people I spoke to for this piece, on both sides of the political spectrum, wanted to remain anonymous.