6 Women on How They're Not Letting the Election Wreck Their Relationships

Supporting rival football teams may not be the only thing you and your partner disagree on this fall. We're only a couple of months away from the presidential election, and no matter how dearly you love your other half, things may get rough if they're voting for a candidate that makes you want to scream with utter anger. So how can you keep your political ranting under control until November 8th rolls around? (Or, for the next eight years, if things go utterly wrong?) 

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Here, six couples share how they handle the Trump vs. Clinton differences in their relationships.

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“My husband is on team Trump and I’m on team anything-but-Trump. It’s definitely the most annoying thing about him and the number one thing that drives me crazy about our relationship currently. Whenever he brings something up or tries to tell me why Trump is amazing, I ignore him. I change the subject. I pretend I don’t hear him. I keep on doing what I’m doing and eventually he gets the hint and stops. I know it’s childish to do this, but trust me, it’s better for our relationship than fighting back and arguing every single day about this.” —Carrie G., 34

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“Our rule, and truthfully the only reason we’re still staying sane in this household during election season, is that we don’t watch the debates or the news together. Either my husband will go watch beside his Clinton friends, or I’ll go with my Trump friends, or we’ll watch it in separate rooms. Either way, once it’s over we don’t speak about it or taunt each other with our feelings toward the other candidate. It’s the only way this works right now for us.” —Amy N., 41

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“My husband’s number one goal is to get me to vote for Clinton. I’m pro-Trump all the way. I don’t care if he changes his mind and I don’t try to convince him. But he loves to try to change my mind. Every morning he prints out a news article or a clipping from the newspaper and slips it into my purse to read during the day. It’s kind, in a weird way; a love note that he leaves me. It humors me and I like it. We stay peaceful and he knows he can say and do what he wants, but he will never change my mind.” —Stacy H., 38

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“The candidate talk has gotten heated between us over the last month or so. We would argue about it all day, every day and it became stupid. We decided that there’s a time and a place to talk about our political differences. So our rule is that we can talk about it but just not over meals or in front of our kids. If he wants to tell me about why Trump is amazing, the rule is that I get to use the same amount of time to talk to him about Hillary. In the end, we keep these talks to under two minutes and never have them while at the dinner table.” —Jane J., 36

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“It’s becoming too much. We didn’t speak to each other for a week after the Republican Convention. My husband refused to watch it with me because he dislikes Trump and the Republican party so much. He married me knowing my political stance and it’s annoying that now he doesn’t support me or at least leave me alone about it. It honestly got so bad last week that I brought up the idea of getting a divorce. He mentioned if Trump wins he might have no choice but to get a divorce and move to Canada. I don’t believe him.” —Camilla K., 29

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“A little bickering never hurt a couple, did it? I don’t think so. I like that we have opposite viewpoints with our politics. We still function well as a couple and agree on almost everything else. So what he’s a Trump fan? I can live with it because after we bicker back and forth about candidates, we end up laughing at how funny each of us sounds. To be honest, in some weird way, this political tension is making our marriage a little bit more fun right now.” —Adrienne L., 32

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