National Politics

Update: NC conservative activists removed as the poster couple on ‘Trump Dating’ site

William Barrett and Jodi Riddleberger, of Greensboro, featured on the Dating Trump website.
William Barrett and Jodi Riddleberger, of Greensboro, featured on the Dating Trump website.

A North Carolina conservative activist couple were the welcoming image for a new “Trump Dating” website.

Jodi and William Barrett Riddleberger, who helped form the Tea Party-inspired “Conservatives for Guilford County” (C4GC) PAC, are the poster couple for the dating site, which looks to appeal to supporters of President Donald Trump who are finding difficulty connecting with like-minded dates.

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.

The photo of Barrett Riddleberger wearing a backward red hat that reads “Trump” across the back and Jodi Riddleberger wearing a pink “Make America Great Again” hat was the main photo on the website’s homepage.

While Trump recently recorded a 42.1 percent approval rating, the website run by Friends Worldwide Inc. is a self-described “specialized dating website.”

“Dating in 2018 is more of a challenge than ever before, thanks in part to today’s polarizing political landscape,” the site said. “While searching for a potential partner on other dating sites, it’s not uncommon to see messages like ‘No Trump supporters’ or ‘proud liberal.’ We’re wrecking the dating game and giving like-minded Americans a chance to meet without the awkwardness that comes with the first conversation about politics. Wouldn’t it be refreshing to already know your date roots for the same team?”

Only heterosexual individuals have an option to join the free site, which asks users to identify as a “straight man” or a “straight woman” before signing up. The site promises “a match within minutes.”

The site’s terms of use, meanwhile, explicitly prohibit any content that “contains hate speech, racial or ethnic slurs, or other offensive language directed at a person based on their race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, sex, or sexual orientation.”

C4GC has supported and helped elect several candidates, including U.S. Rep. Mark Walker, a former associate pastor at Lawndale Baptist Church in Greensboro, the meeting place for the PAC.

According to his website, Barrett Riddleberger is originally from Charleston, S.C., and lives in Greensboro with his wife, Jodi, their daughter and two sons.

Barrett Riddleberger is founder and CEO of Resolution Systems Inc., which describes itself as a company that aims “to help sales executives grow revenues, exploit new opportunities, turn around problem teams and eliminate common frustrations.” Barrett also owns Resolution Productions Inc., a multimedia company founded to create custom, Internet-based training.

According to her LinkedIn page, Jodi Riddleberger is an executive assistant and office manager at xPotential Selling, a professional training and coaching company.