- Young Trump administration staffers are having a hard time dating in Washington, one of the most Democratic cities in the country.
- Even after leaving their administration jobs, former staffers are finding themselves on something of a social blacklist.
- One match on an online dating app told an administration official, “Thanks but no thanks. Just Googled you and it said you were a mouthpiece for the Trump administration. Go f— yourself.”
Young Trump administration staffers are having a hard time dating in Washington – one of the most Democratic cities in the country – according to a new Politico feature.
Both current and former staffers say they’re often berated by prospective dates online, or simply denied when someone finds out where they work or that they voted for the president.
“You do the small-talk thing, and you have a very good conversation, and then they might say, ‘You didn’t vote for Trump, right?'” one 31-year-old female administration official told Politico. “As soon as I say, ‘Of course I did,’ it just devolves into all-caps ‘HOW COULD YOU BE SUCH A RACIST AND A BIGOT?’ And ‘You’re going to take away your own birth control.'”
In one recent online exchange, a potential date asked her, “Do you rip babies from their mothers and then send them to Mexico?”
Another match on an dating app told her, “Thanks but no thanks. Just Googled you and it said you were a mouthpiece for the Trump administration. Go f— yourself.”
Many young staffers have turned inward – dating exclusively within the administration.
And some go on intra-administration double dates with staffers like Madeleine Westerhout, President Donald Trump’s executive assistant, and her boyfriend, Ben Schramm, who works at the Pentagon. Another popular double-dating couple is Giovanna Coia, a White House press assistant and cousin of Kellyanne Conway, and her boyfriend, John Pence, Vice President Mike Pence’s nephew who is also the deputy executive director for Trump’s campaign committee.
Ultimately, staffers say the allure of a White House or administration gig – and the power and access that come with it – means they retain some social appeal.
One Trump staffer told Politico, “At the end of the day, if they are part of the establishment and living in D.C., they usually want or need something from the White House, which can be kind of nice.”
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