Meet Barrett and Jodi Riddleberger. You may recognize this couple and their fake smiles from ads for the new Trump-themed dating website that bans gays but allows married people to register (family values and all).
While stupid people are flocking to find like-minded individuals with whom to discuss the latest Pizzagate-related conspiracy theory, this couple has a secret — well, Barrett does anyway.
When news station WRAL contacted the Riddlebergers to discuss their decision to allow married couples to join their dating site — an issue they say programmers are “fixing” now that their indifference to infidelity has been mocked by half the known world — Barrett demanded that the station talk about “the present, not the past.”
Realizing this was a strange request, WRAL refused to accept that offer and instead dug up Barrett’s past, which includes something that doesn’t seem to be a problem in the GOP based on Roy Moore’s success with evangelicals:
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.
A North Carolina criminal history check Monday turned up no serious charges on Riddleberger’s record since then. He said he’s been married for 22 years.
“I’ve already paid my debt for something I did 25 years ago,” he said.
Yes, you’re reading that correctly. Barrett Riddleberger — the man whose face is used to advertise a conservative dating website — is a convicted child rapist. And he filmed it.
While Barrett’s wife is not quite as terrible as he is, one tidbit that didn’t make it into WRAL’s report is that she is co-owner of a fake news website — a term often used by conservatives to describe anything they don’t like. But this is an actual fake news website:
Will the Trump Dating website speak out against Riddleberger’s past as a child sex criminal? Probably not — but you can be sure they would if they found out he was gay.