Finding love isn't the easiest of things to do at the best of times, with a drunken text or a bit of broccoli in your teeth sometimes resulting in an instant cull. It's a fickle world - and that's usually without even bringing politics into things, as Trump staffers looking for love are currently discovering to their cost.
Talking about politics over dinner isn't thought to be the best idea for fairly obvious reasons. But what if it played a particularly big role in your life, meaning that you could fall at the first hurdle...
When someone asks that go-to question, what do you do?
According to Politico, young Trump staffers are having a bit of a tough time when it comes to dating at the moment, having had to develop a keen sense of when it's appropriate to have 'The Talk' with prospective partners.
While some people might have to have a similar awkward chat with their dinner date - as a means of bringing up your three-year-old kid, for instance, or a penchant for feet - it seems those who have worked at the White House under the Trump administration have their own little uncomfortable admission to bring to the table.
"I've still been able to hook up with women," a male former White House staffer told Politico. "But I know that I need to be careful about broaching the Trump stuff.
"I just know that going in, I need to be able to get it out at the right time and not get it out too early to the point where it's like, 'Hey, I worked for Trump, you should stop talking to me.'
"But late enough in that eventually they know that there is this information floating out there that I worked for this guy and hopefully you have now seen that I'm not a horrible person and we can go further with this."
Apparently things have become so dire that many staffers have to resort to some sort of vague answer when it comes to discussing their job.
One bloke just started saying he worked as an auditor on Wall Street, adding: "People just stopped asking me questions after that."
Another beleaguered administration official detailed how she has 'very, very frequent' scraps with matches on dating apps.
"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?'" the 31-year-old said.
"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'."
Another White House staffer explained that it wasn't just in the dating world that it can prove an issue, either, but also more generally.
"I have gotten yelled at a few times walking out of work," they said.
"I want to get home, not get in a debate in the middle of Pennsylvania Avenue."
Man, it's a tough bloody world out there when you're dating, isn't it?
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