Rick Santorum’s Gay Ex-Staffer Is His Biggest Apologist

Each week, Queerty picks one blowhard, hypocrite, airhead, sanctimonious prick or other enemy of all that is queer to be the Douche of the Week. 

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During the Holocaust, Jews and other prisoners who colluded with the Nazis in return for special privileges were called kapos.

In the African-American community, those who defer to racist whites have been called Uncle Toms.

It’s becoming apparent we need a word for such people in the gay community—y’know, besides Log Cabin Republicans.

What to call Robert Traynham, for example, the openly gay former staffer to Senator Rick Santorum who’s created a road show defending his boss?

Oh, we know! How about Douche of the Week?

In a 2006 interview with journalist Mike Rogers, Traynham defended ol’ Frothy, saying  “Senator Santorum is a man of principle, he is a man who sticks up for what he believes in. I strongly do support Senator Santorum.”

On Thursday, Traynham, who worked as a press agent for Santorum from 1997 to 2007, went on Hardball to again defend the second-place candidate against charges of homophobia and religious extremism. Traynham says he’s never heard Santorum make a homophobic remark. (No, he’s not hearing impaired—just a douche.)


Watching Traynham squirm as Chris Matthews puts basic questions to him would be humorous if it wasn’t so sad.

At one point Matthews shows Traynham a clip of Santorum at a rally attacking the LGBT community. In it, Slick Rick says:

If the Supreme Court says you have the right to consensual sexual activity, then you have the right to incest, the right to polygamy, to of all these sexual variations. And then the gay community has said he’s comparing gay sex to incest and polygamy, how dare he’s done this. And they’ve gone on a Jihad against Rick Santorum since then.

Stumbling for an answer that doesn’t paint the senator as a venomous homophobe, Traynham says he thinks Santorum is saying “you don’t have a right to privacy under the Constitution,” and that “from a legal point of view, he’s kind of right.”

After that bit of verbal origami, Traynham quickly adds that he is an out gay man who believes he should have the right to fall in love with whomever he chooses.

Good look with that under President Santorum.

So congrats on winning Douche of the Week, Mr. Traynham. It should go nicely on your mantle next to the Roy Cohn award BlogActive gave you back in 2005.

All together now: What a douche!

Source: TheGrio. Image via ThePRLog