Here's What to Do if You Find Yourself on a Date with a Trump Supporter

Imagine you meet a cute guy on Bumble. He seems smart, funny, and did we mention he's cute? Even his texting game is on point. You agree to meet up with him for a casual drink. But then, in a twist of fate so unexpected it sends chills down your spine, he shows up wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat.

How could you not have known?

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While your first reaction may be to run in the opposite direction (understandable), you might also be feeling a hint of curiosity. After all, why wasn't he more upfront about this to begin with? It's not like Donald Trump (or his supporters) are known for their subtlety...

So you stick around for a couple beers, because you're not a judgey person. And hey, there's a chance both of you might learn something. At the very least, it will make for a good story on Snapchat. 

Here are a few tips, should you find yourself in this incredibly awkward situation...

Think ‘What Would Trump Do?’ and Do the Opposite

Remember, it is possible to speak your mind without calling anyone a sad, dummy loser. Dr. Terri Orbuch, Ph.D., relationship expert and author of Finding Love Again: 6 Simple Steps to a New and Happy Relationship, says it’s important to not shy away from taboo topics when dating, no matter how awkward it may be. “Have heated discussions,” she says. “Ask difficult questions.”

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If he’s avoiding the subject matter (even though he's wearing his opinions on his head...), he may be assuming that his opinion is different than yours, and is afraid of how you’ll react. But if you’re passionate about your beliefs, Suzanne Lachmann, Psy.D suggests bringing up your own perspective first and talking about your core values, as opposed to certain candidates. You’ll learn more about him this way anyway.

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Debate Less, Date More

It’s a classic ‘do unto others’ scenario: How would you feel if he tried to change your beliefs? “Changing his vote is not something you want to put a lot of energy into,” Lachmann says. “You’ll end up frustrated and clinging more rigidly to your own views.”

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Orbuch suggests trying to come from a place of understanding. “Get past your own rhetoric and learn to listen,” she says. “Discuss why it is the two of you feel the way you feel. Practice reflective listening to ensure complete understanding. Being able to understand where the other person is coming from will also help you to know what's truly important to you.”

And remember, science shows that saying, “I can see where you're coming from,” is a sure-fire way to cool down any heated arguments.

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“Establish that you aren’t going to change your mind,” Lachmann says. “But you want to understand why he feels the way he does, too.” That being said, know your deal breakers. If a woman’s right to choose is your biggest priority, understand that you may not have much success with a pro-lifer.

Focus on the Positive (Hey, at Least He’s Not Rocking a Combover)

As we’ve established, you probably won’t be changing his mind. So look past the hat and remind yourself why you were attracted to this person in the first place. Think about what it is you have in common—perhaps a love of sex and buffalo wings—rather than what separates you. This is only one date, after all. 

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Both Lachmann and Orbuch agree that if you are both able to have contradicting views without blowing up at one another, it’s a positive indication of how you’ll tackle future conflict if you decide to take things any further. 

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And if All Else Fails and You Want to Go Out with a Bang...

Show him this video of women repeating actual misogynistic things Trump has said.

Ask him which politician's face he'd like to menstruate on.

Prove to him that Trump is basically acting like a mean teenager.

Or, wait until you go home and then channel the power of Senator Elizabeth Warren and go on an epic Twitter rant. 

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