Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rouke has stated that members of rural communities in the United States need better broadband connections so they can set up dates on Tinder.
The 46-year-old was talking during a campaign speech in Iowa, after he announced on Twitter that he was going to run in the 2020 election just hours before.
As reported by The Hill, O’Rouke told the watching crowd: “Farmers and ranchers and producers literally cannot get online, where people cannot start businesses in their own town or finish their education after high school because they cannot get online.
“They can’t go to Tinder and find a date tonight, to find that special person who’s going to make the difference in their lives. I want to make sure every American has that opportunity.”
Tinder CEO Elie Seidman responded to the light-hearted comment by saying “Give the people what they want.”
A number of dating apps which cater to Republican Party supporters have been launched recently. Founder of Donald Daters Emily Moreno explained she created her service after seeing Trump followers receiving abuse on mainstream platforms.
The Inner Circle recently conducted a survey investigating the political attitudes of its members. 68% of the respondents said they’d be open to dating someone who voted for a rival party.
Conversely, recent data from OkCupid showed nine out of ten UK women would prefer to match with someone who voted remain in the 2016 European Union membership referendum.
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