A Trump voter dating website was recently formed to help like-minded Republicans find their Trump-loving soulmate, but there was something not quite right about the couple featured on the website’s homepage. As it turns out, the man featured prominently on the front page was a convicted child sex offender, pretty much exactly what you’d expect from the current crop of Republicans. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this.


It was recently discovered that a man, William Barret Riddleberger, who was featured on the front page of a pro-Donald Trump dating website, it was revealed that this man had been invited of child sex crimes back in 1995. The picture on the website is of Barret and, according to stories, I’m not sure if it’s his girlfriend or his wife. However, the two met a tea party function several years ago. So the website decided to have them on the front page. But Riddleberger, in 1995, filmed himself at age 25 having sex with a 15-year-old girl. That was the crime for which he was convicted.

Now, according to a recent interview Riddleberger says that he paid his debt for that crime and people should move on. Isn’t that how the justice system works? Well yeah, he’s actually got a point there. That is how the justice system works, but unfortunately for Mr. Riddleberger, he never went to prison for his crime of filming sex of himself with a 15-year-old girl. So, by my calculation, seeing as how you really didn’t have any punishment, no, you didn’t pay your debt to society and therefore the story is still relevant. You had sex with a minor, 10 years older than her, you’re in your mid-twenties, she had just become a teenager two years ago, and you filmed yourself having sex with her, and this pro-Trump website either didn’t vet who in the hell you were, or they simply didn’t care.

So, it’s one of those two things, both of which are completely disgusting when you think about it, but what’s equally as disgusting is the fact that there’s a dating site specifically for Donald Trump supporters. I mean, how closed-minded do you have to be as a human being to only want to date someone that supports the same presidential candidate as you? The kind of person who has the exact same beliefs and ideologies as you. Don’t you want any kind of intellectually stimulating conversation as a part of a relationship, or does that not matter to you? I’m sure a guy like Riddleberger doesn’t understand what stimulating intellectual conversation is or what it entails, and has probably never had an intellectual conversation in his entire life.

This whole website is absolutely bonkers. I think any website that tries to match you based solely on your political affiliation is a waste of time. Opposites attract. You don’t have to disagree on everything but you certainly shouldn’t agree on everything. You evolve as a couple. I’m not here necessarily to give relationship advice, I’m just here to point out how stupid this entire concept is that there is a dating website for pro-Trump American voters, and they thought it was perfectly cool to have a pedophile as their model.

Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at DeSmogBlog.com. He is the co-host / guest host for Ring of Fire Radio. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced