A married couple from Guilford County have become the faces of a new Donald Trump-themed dating website.
Barrett and Jodi Riddleberger’s smiles, beneath Trump campaign baseball caps, are the first thing greeting visitors at Trump.dating.
The Riddlebergers have been active in Guilford County Republican politics over the years. Jodi Riddleberger co-founded C4GC, Conservatives for Guilford County, and she and her husband have both donated money to the group.
The site has gotten some media coverage recently, primarily because it’s designed to serve only straight people, letting people sign up only if they choose “straight man” or “straight woman” at the outset. Some reports have also noted that, once a person gets past the initial sign-up page, he or she can choose “happily married” or “unhappily married” as a status before finalizing a profile and meeting new potential dates.
Barrett Riddleberger said in a text message Monday that the marital status issue was a mistake and was being fixed by a programmer.
It should simply state Married. People can discuss the state of their marriage on the first date.
Just what role he and his wife have in the site is unclear.
He offered to discuss the site with WRAL News, but only if the station promised to write about “the present, not the past.”
Riddleberger me this: Why wouldn’t Barrett want the station to write about the past?
WRAL News would not agree to that. Riddleberger’s past includes a felony conviction for taking indecent liberties with a child in in 1995. The charge stemmed from his videotaping himself having sex with a 15-year-old girl when he was 25, the Greensboro News & Record reported in 2014.
That would explain it.