It isn’t just campaign workers anymore. The “Trump.Dating” matching website (I am not making this up) previously featured a photo of a man and woman, apparently to show just what kind of meat market they are running. The man, Barrett Riddleberger, wore a red baseball cap with “Trump” emblazoned on it in the picture, is active in politics, runs a county-level Tea Party political group, and was convicted in 1995 of “indecent liberties with a minor” for videotaping himself having sex with a 15-year-old.
The way the News & Observer memorializes this is a bit puzzling.
But as of Tuesday, the photo of the Riddlebergers had been removed from the website. It was unclear why. Representatives for the company declined to comment.
In 1995, Barrett Riddleberger was convicted in Guilford County of felony indecent liberties with a child, according to state records. The Greensboro News & Record and Triad City Beat reported that the conviction stemmed from a video of him having sex with a 15-year-old when he was 25.
How is it “unclear why” the website decided to scrub Riddleberger from their online presence, when the very next paragraph notes the child sex crime conviction? On the one hand, it seems like an obvious step to take. On the other, maybe the reporter is throwing subtle shade at Trump.Dating, that no one expects them to actually balk at associations with felony child sex.
(Hat tip to Rich Hammett.)