MIKE Bloomberg plans to attack Bernie Sanders at tonight's debate over his controversial writings in the 1960s and '70s – including rape fantasies and women getting cervical cancer from too few orgasms.
In a 1972 essay for The Vermont Freeman, Sanders purports that women fantasize about being gang-raped and that a man's "typical fantasy" of a woman includes her being "tied up" and "abused".
"Have you looked at the Stag, Man, Hero, Tough magazines on the shelf of your local bookstores? Do you know why the newspapers with articles like 'Girl, 12, raped by 14 men' sell so well?" a 31-year-old Sanders wrote.
"To what in us are they appealing?"
In a 1969 piece for the underground publication, Sanders argued that cervical cancer could potentially be caused by a woman's inability to achieve an orgasm.
On Tuesday morning, Bloomberg's senior adviser Tim O'Brien slammed the Vermont senator for his "loopy" writings for the alternative newspaper, many of which focused on sexual and cultural topics.
"We have a candidate who has risen in the polls because of this track record," O'Brien said on CNN's New Day.
"[But] Bernie has all of this loopy stuff in his background, saying things like women get cancer from having too many orgasms or toddlers should run around naked and touch each other's genitals to insulate themselves from porn.
"He's written about women's rape fantasies, that hasn't been surfaced. That's the loony side of Bernie."
This isn't the first time Bernie has been scrutinized for his questionable essays of years past.
The piece from 1972 surfaced in 2015 during his first bid for the White House.
Sanders attempted to distance himself from his younger days as a radical writer in May 2015 – a spokesman for his 2016 campaign told CNN the article was a "dumb attempt at dark satire in an alternative publication" that "in no way reflect his views or records on women."
"It was intended to attack gender stereotypes of the '70s but it looks as stupid today as it was then," then-spokesman Michael Briggs told the news outlet.
Sanders' salacious essay was first brought to light by Mother Jones in a 2015 profile of the presidential candidate.
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