Women Deactivated by Billionaire’s Conservative Dating App

Women Deactivated by Billionaire’s Conservative Dating App

Photo illustration by Elizabeth Brockway / The Daily Beast / Getty

Photo illustration by Elizabeth Brockway / The Daily Beast / Getty

A new pro-Trump dating app backed by right-wing tech billionaire Peter Thiel hasn’t launched yet, but it’s already facing a lot of rejections.

The Right Stuff, set to debut this month, was co-founded by former Trump bodyman and aspiring matchmaker Johnny McEntee, who recruited the sister of former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany to help launch the ‘app.

Kayleigh’s sister Ryann McEnany is well suited for the job. She has 146,000 followers on Instagram, mostly young conservatives, and she’s been given a particularly difficult task: getting attractive, conservative women to sign up.

Her basic tone, according to Instagram posts reviewed by The Daily Beast, is a mix of flattery and exclusivity: “Hi, I’m working with John McEntee’s team on an exclusive conservative dating app called The Right Stuff which is supposed to be launched this summer! We’d love to have you on our early access app list. “

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But despite its goal of recruiting women on Capitol Hill staff and right-wing politicians, the startup is already facing some problems.

For one, there is an emerging legal dispute with another dating service, also called The Right Stuff.

That “Right Stuff” has been around for more than two decades, but it has nothing to do with conservative politics.

The company plans to send a termination and desist letter to Thiel’s backed transaction, according to Michael Feigin, a lawyer working on the case. The current “dating service is for people who have higher education levels, and a lot of them are leftists, so they don’t like confusion,” he said.

The founder of the original dating app The Right Stuff, Dawne Touchings, told The Daily Beast that she owns the “same name” brand that the conservative dating app stole. “There are a lot of other really good right-wing names they could choose,” she said. “They are very smart, I’m sure they could come up with something!”

“I have a lawyer and he’s contacting them,” Touchings continued. “This is my built-in name.”

The Daily Beast independently verified the existence of a trademark application for the name, but could not verify that the application was approved.

However, another problem is actually getting users. Instead of drawing singles, the app has largely made fun of it so far, according to Republican agents who spoke to The Daily Beast.

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Two Republican staff members in Washington, DC, said many conservative young women ignored McEnany’s outreach and jokingly swiped screenshots of her messages at group chats instead.

Other Republican staff members in Washington, the guy who brags about drinking drinks at the Navy Yard Wateringhouse Mission and claiming their pronouns are “Yee” and “Haw” on their Instagram profiles, told The Daily Beast that The app has a number of possible problems, such as liberals disguising themselves as right-wingers and the embarrassing potential of pairing them with conservative staff members they already know.

“They are all members of Mitch McConnell’s staff,” said a Republican agent, speaking on condition of anonymity because she still works in pro-Trump politics.

But that same conservative agent, who was invited to the app by McEnany, said the swamp launch – the MAGA nickname for Washington – is a mistake.

“If they’re going to start in Washington, like, good luck,” he said. “I think it would be better to start in other parts of the country,” she added, suggesting deeper red states like Florida and Texas.

McEnany and McEntee have not returned requests for comment, nor a representative of Thiel or attorneys who have represented him and Thiel’s other initiatives in the past.

Even before its launch, The Right Stuff, not to be confused with the white nationalist affiliate site of the same name, has already generated more controversy. After releasing a promotional video led by McEnany in August, the firm was mocked on Twitter for its fixation on creating a safe space for right-wing dating without pronouns.

The invite-only app will reportedly only allow heterosexual dating at first. As the LGBTQ + website called “Them” pointed out, Thiel, who is gay, is therefore funding a product that he would not be able to use. Whether the app catches on remains to be seen; other right-wing startups, such as Truth Social, Righter and AlignPay, they have not been able to fully compete with their traditional counterparts.

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There were other causes of skepticism. “I feel he may be vulnerable to people who troll,” a Republican employee told the Daily Beast.

He also asked why The Right Stuff was even needed. “You can meet other conservatives on regular dating apps. It’s something you can filter for, “he noted. More established applications, including Bumble, have long offered the ability for their users to filter potential matches based on political trends.

Others said they were concerned about limiting their potential dating pool, particularly in the politically incestuous area of ​​Washington.

“I don’t exactly want the world I work in to know my dating status,” a DC reporter told the Daily Beast for a conservative publication.

The Right Stuff target demographic reporter himself complained that dating apps feel antithetical to “traditional” conservatism. “The Internet seems to interfere with biological trends, such as men courting women,” he said. “It’s not like Alexa tells you the time. You can’t reverse the natural mating process and call it traditional. “

Meanwhile, an unpaid pre-launch app ambassador living in Tampa, Florida, Savannah Dudzik, who met with startup reps at a meeting in Turning Point USA, added that she has historically disliked apps from dating (like Catholic Match), partly because the men on the platform were just trying to connect. She is hoping for a more positive experience with The Right Stuff – just a serious romance – and is thrilled to see it take off. “I think it will be a hit!” Dudzik said.

Except there’s one catch: Dudzik hopes the app bans right-wing males on the platform looking for “hookups”.

McEnany, for her part, has been busy promoting other right-wing causes as well. In the past few days, she has been advocating a Google alternative that highlights “censored” stories, she posted a beaming Image by MyPillow, Mike Lindell, and shared a movie scene with a band of Mexican mariachis, in mocking reference to Venezuelan migrants who were flown to Martha’s Vineyard by Florida officials, presumably under false pretenses.

Evidently, The Right Stuff thinks its users will be attracted to that kind of ideology, or at least not alienated from it.

In one of her 1950s values ​​video ads, three actresses ridicule the “crazy” world of modern dating, including imaginary men who don’t want kids for environmental reasons, ask for a date to pay for a meal after forgetting. their gift card in a pouch and show up on a bike date.

“Download The Right Stuff today,” concludes the ad, “and start dating regular guys.”

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