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Posted: December 07, 2016

Woman claims Trump's election put her desire for a relationship on hold

By Matt Naham

In an op-ed that appeared in The Washington Post, one woman said that Donald Trump's election "stole (her) desire to look for a partner."

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The op-ed discussed the woman's life as a single mother and promising dates that she had been on in the last few months.

"In August, I went on six dates in one week. I had decided that I was ready to look for a partner," Stephanie Land wrote. "Of the six first dates I had in August, two men seemed promising ... But two weeks later, the election happened."

Land wrote that after Election Day, her interest in finding a life partner wasn't as important as it had been in previous months. She said she was less hopeful and wanted to focus on her family. 

"Once it was clear that Donald Trump would be president instead of Hillary Clinton, I felt sick to my stomach," Land wrote. "I wanted to gather my children in bed with me and cling to them like we would if thunder and lightning were raging outside, with winds high enough that the power might go out. The world felt that precarious to me."

Land wrote that she had to explain the election results to her children after having told them that Clinton would win.

"My oldest (child) came out of her room the next morning to show me the money the Tooth Fairy had left her. She'd unexpectedly had to have a tooth pulled and so bravely went through it that I said, 'Just think: You'll always remember the day you got a tooth pulled with the day we elected our first female president,'" Land wrote. "When I told her Trump had won, she protested: 'But Mom. You said Hillary was going to win.'"

Land, who said that she had begun to date a man regularly, said her "urge to cling to (her) family ... didn't mesh well with continuing to date the man."

So she ended the relationship. 

"He was too new, too unfamiliar," Land wrote. "My focus had to be on my community of friends that are my family. I need to fiercely love the people close to me instead of learning to love someone new. To reach out to others could weaken the bonds that hold my family together.

"I've lost the desire to attempt the courtship phase. The future is uncertain. I am not the optimistic person I was on the morning of Nov. 8, wearing a T-shirt with 'Nasty Woman' written inside a red heart. It makes me want to cry thinking of that (and) of seeing my oldest in the shirt I bought her in Washington, D.C., that says 'Future President.'"

Read more at The Washington Post.


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