A dating site for supporters of Donald Trump offers the opportunity to find love without the “awkwardness” of having to reveal your politics in the middle of a first date.
The site caused backlash on social media by excluding non-straight people who are looking for love – but it’s the latest in a line of sites targeting conservatives.
“While searching for a potential partner on other dating sites, it’s not uncommon to see messages like ‘No Trump supporters’ or ‘Proud liberal’,” the website’s sign-up page says, claiming that it is “wrecking” (presumably meaning “disrupting”) the “dating game”.
“Wouldn’t it be refreshing to already know that your date roots for the same team?” it goes on.
The drop-down menu for sign-ups offers two options, “Straight Man” or “Straight Woman”, so it appears that Trump supporters seeking same-sex relationships will have to look elsewhere despite many, including disgraced journalist Milo Yiannopoulos, publicly backing his campaign.
The website, like its inspiration, is ambivalent on the subject of marital fidelity, however. “Happily married” is one of the options given for relationship status, along with “unhappily married” and “have a significant other”.
There is also a weirdly specific ethnicity section, offering both “White/Caucasian” and a variety of more exact descriptions such as “Scandinavian”, “Mediterranean” and “Western European”.
There is also a box for “Eskimo”, a term which is seen as a slur by many people of Inuit descent in Canada and Greenland.
Despite the high likelihood of drawing users who own Make America Great Again hats, the site warns against wearing a hat in profile photographs. “Make it easy to see who you really are,” it advises.
Trump.Dating was created by Friends Worldwide, a network of dating sites that matches people based on specific interests or backgrounds. Its hundreds of sites range from ChristianMate and SingleParentsMatcher to the slightly more niche GolferMates, TennisMatch and TallConnections.
“We simply provide the common ground through our vast network of unique dating sites where people can share their mutual interests and lifestyles choices effectively,” Friends Worldwide says.
All the sites, including Trump.Dating, look suspiciously similar, and the company even provides a service where people can create their own dating site using its tools.