Vox columnist Gaby Del Valle has published an article exploring some of the leading conservative dating apps in the USA.
It features an interview with Emily Moreno, the founder of Donald Daters, who says that many of her friends felt excluded on mainstream dating apps. It was common for singles to rule out dating Trump voters in their bio, forcing would-be matches to self-censor.
Moreno herself claims a date walked out on her before the first drink, after discovering she was involved with a Republican Senate campaign. The entrepreneur recently appeared on Fox News, on the Watters’ World talk show, to promote the platform alongside an optimistic user.
Donald Daters was hacked at launch, leaking vulnerable user information. In the Vox interview, Moreno attributes the attack to “liberal aggressors”.
Beyond 25 free swipes per day, the site is priced at $9.99 per month if users sign up for 12 months, $12.99 per month for 6 months, and $29.99 for 1 month. It was downloaded over 20,000 times in its first week.
The piece also mentions Trump Singles, released 2016, Patrio, released 2017, Righter, released 2018 and Conservatives Only – a more established player which launched during the Obama presidency.
Christy Edwards Lawton, founder of Righter, said “After Trump was elected, it was interesting to see that the environment was so toxic.”
Lawton feels a selling point for her app is that men are free to be men. Male users are encouraged to pay for dates and take the initiative, while women can be nurturing and vulnerable.
A Patrio user featured in the article said he was happy to be able to highlight issues on his profile that he felt were important. These included free speech, free markets and “Pro flag/anthem”.
The author concludes: “It makes sense that people want to find dates who share their values, whether that means voting for a certain political party or refusing to deviate from strict gender roles.”
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