Back in the day I could have dated a George W. Bush supporter. I could certainly have dated an ordinary conservative Republican. The political divide was not so vast as it is now. Today, things are different.
I recently joined a group and met a guy there that is very much the kind of guy I’d be interested in. I got a vibe that he was interested in me, too. He’s an ex-military pilot (like my late husband), runs his own computer consulting company, he’s musical with a good singing voice, dog-lover. Nothing to disqualify him there. Until I went home and looked at his Facebook page. He is a virulent, (dare I say) rabid Trump supporter. Lots of posts about the “caravan full of diseased, drug-addicted criminals who want to invade our country and take away our rights,” “Democrats kill babies,” “Trump in 2020!” I was shocked and disappointed, but for me, now, in the year 2018, this is a dealbreaker.
Just having differences in beliefs alone isn’t a dealbreaker, IF I can respect the person and the beliefs. For instance, I could date someone of a different religion, because the difference in religious belief would not in and of itself make me lose respect for him. I can’t respect the beliefs of a Trump supporter. That’s why I couldn’t date him. For the purposes of this thread, let’s let that be a given. This is not a Pit thread.
I’m asking others on either side: if you met someone attractive and interesting but found out they stand fervently **against **everything you believe in politically (and today, that just about includes “morally,” as well), would you turn and walk away? Try to date/be friends/socialize but avoid politics? Try to change their minds or win them over to your pov?