Bernie Sanders Obliterates Republican Attempts To Bring Him Down With Sex Essay Smear

Bernie Sanders sex essay meet the press

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) confronted the Republican attempts to use a 43-year-old essay against him and destroyed their attempts to bring him down on Meet The Press.


Chuck Todd asked Sanders to explain the essay, and Sen. Sanders answered:

Sure. This is a piece of fiction that I wrote in 1972, I think. That was 43 years ago, and if you read it, what it was dealing with was gender stereotypes. Why some men like to oppress women, why other women like to be submissive. You know, something like 50 Shades of Grey. Very poorly written, forty-three years ago. What I am focusing on right now are the issues impacting the American people today, and what I will continue to focus on.

The brief amount of time Todd devoted to the essay question immediately infuriated conservatives on Twitter:

Only in the mind of a Republican could a piece of written satire be equated to the sexual abuse allegations against Denny Hastert stemming from his time as a high school teacher and wrestling coach.

It was obvious that Chuck Todd had little interest in the subject, so he asked the question that he thought he had to ask. He gave Sen. Sanders a chance to explain himself, and the Democratic presidential candidate did exactly that. There is less than nothing to this story. Sen. Sanders’ voting record and decades of advocacy don’t back up anything that was written in the essay.

Bernie Sanders knocked down the Republican attempt to ruin his presidential campaign in less than a minute, but by trying to gin up a scandal, it is clear that Republicans are looking to distract attention away from the Duggar and Hastert scandals.

More importantly, Republicans are terrified of Bernie Sanders. The candidate doesn’t frighten them as much as the message. A Republican Party that is controlled by a handful of conservative billionaires and corporations is witnessing a populist movement of millions gain strength against them.

The movement is being led by Bernie Sanders. Sen. Sanders has stated that one of the goals of his presidential campaign is to build a movement to take back the country from the Koch brothers and conservative billionaires. The Sanders movement has raised millions of dollars and attracted hundreds of thousands of volunteers. Sanders is shooting up in the polls, and Republicans are worried.

Sen. Sanders knocked down the Republican attempts to stop him with ease, as the voices of millions of Americans who want their government back grow louder by the day.

The conservative billionaires are worried because Bernie Sanders is coming for them.

39 Replies to “Bernie Sanders Obliterates Republican Attempts To Bring Him Down With Sex Essay Smear”

  1. What Sanders did so long ago, does seem, in retrospect- stupid.

    So- Isolated Incident?
    or- Pattern of behavior?

    Senator Sanders has demonstrated a commitment to enhancing the rights of women.

    Now, I await the flaming from Rin…

  2. Flame, no. Bernie didn’t attack Hillary for once – GOOD.

    He said Obama and Bill were not good enough – as did O’Malley an hour later.

    WTG, both of them attacking the two Dem presidents. Hillary will be speaking up for Bill and Obama and the party. Imagine that she will be for Dems and against GOP.

  3. And moon since you mention me flaming… in anticipation of my reaction which you are once again wrong…

    O’Malley came out flaming Bernie’s lack of a record – He clearly stated his campaign will be about how Bernie just talked for decades but did nothing real and how as Governor his own record was actual real life accomplishments in governing for two terms.

    I will make popcorn.

  4. Advocate for your favored candidate as you will, but your influence will be more kindly received if you exert it less pugnaceously.

  5. can you take a cue from Bernie and address the issues, discuss the qualification of the candidates, and not descend to personal attacks?

  6. I welcome all these Democratic opponents of Hillary. They all bring something to the table. We need some choices on the liberal side.

  7. Can we just save a step and declare everything I say on this site is satire?

    Didn’t think so.

    Bernie is probably glad it’s such a stupid non-issue: It got him face time on National TV!

    Sounds like a Monty Python sketch. (replace “newt” with “sexist,”)

    ” She turned me into a newt! (pause…) I got better…”

  8. Forty-three YEARS ago he wrote an essay and it’s somehow a current event? Really??

    This is a non-story and, for once, Chuckles Todd gave it the attention it deserved – barely any.

  9. Are we surprised? These people are like blind and deaf sheep! If you are a liberal/progressive they go into hate mode and act in humane… matter what is reality or fiction!

  10. There are no issues here to discuss. I am not going to go over the subject of the above since I don’t do smut. I never read the book he mentioned although many at my job back then were. I was reading lofty wonky books on policy, actually.

    I discuss issues as my nature. But this is not a place to do much of that.

    It isn’t as if I am lowering the discussion by bringing up tawdry abuse and rape remarks, Politicus is.

  11. “Can we just save a step and declare everything I say on this site is satire?”

    We are not laughing with you, we are laughing at you. Satire would make more sense than saying you truly believe some of the propaganda you have touted here.

  12. Another dumbass that doesn’t know the difference between communism and socialism. AND a racist remark if I ever heard one.

  13. Gopers need to make up their minds – either Bernie Sanders is a serious candidate, or just a fringe one. If he’s a fringe one, no need to dredge up a mistake from over 40 years ago, just ignore him. If he’s a serious candidate, by all means, dredge up a mistake from over 40 years ago, but you better be able to prove that it shows a pattern of behavior that continues to this day. Oh, and debate his stand on the issues.

    That the gop is bringing up this non-issue, indicates that they are terrified of Sanders and his message.

    Go Bernie! You are keeping Hillary moving to the left, which makes her a better candidate, and you are scaring the Koch-bought gopers to death.

  14. The more I think about it, the more it seems that it’s time to open up the fictitious FEMA camps that conspiracy theorists and neo-cons are so scared of existing. Why do I say this? So that they can be turned into deprogramming centers to show them just how much they’re nothing but brainwashed morons that are enemies to humanity.

  15. what i always notice, republicans are living in the past…have no clue on how normal america is today, they wish for the ‘good ol’ days ‘ , well, quit living in the past, we as a country need to MOVE FORWARD…there are still people out of work. how does a stupid essay written 43 years ago…apply to issues today? pathetic…

  16. And yet those same pathetic repukes claim that Josh Duggar’s perversity should be left in the god damned past, assholes all.

  17. Fergit it. Attempting to explain satire to wingnuts is like trying to explain nuclear physics to an orangutan.

  18. I read the essay and don’t see what the big deal is. It deals entirely with gender stereotypes, and it’s not the misogynist rant it was alleged to be. I guess this is all they can find to smear the man so they have to act like it’s big deal. Only 20 years ago I was still a registered, if reluctant, Republican. Can’t wait to see how people will take that and run with it if I ever run for national office.

  19. rin, bernie’s voting record is his accomplishment as well as bills he authored or co-authored, committees he worked on….that is his job as a congressman and he has done it well, always on tap for what is good for middle class america, education, women, kids, veterans, etc.

    He has not been bought off by lobbyists and corporations as have the republican congressmen and many democratic congressmen.

  20. Bernie is scaring the hell out of the republicans! He comes and swinging and is calling them out! I love the man! I was all set to vote for Hillary…but if Bernie gets in…he is the man!!!!

  21. If I recall correctly, the publication originally responsible for bringing the essay up was Mother Jones. Not a republican-leaning source in the slightest. Whoever it was that wanted dirt on Bernie so badly that they had to dig up an essay from forty years ago, it was NOT somebody working for any republican candidate.

  22. Reading comprehension issues you two?


    I didn’t.

    Typical for this site, attack the messenger.

  23. Republican attempt?

    This has the Clinton Inc. fingerprints all over it, LOL.

    Maureen Dowd is right, Hillary Clinton is the “New” Nixon.

    She only lacks Dick’s quirky personal charm and charisma…[WINK]

  24. Nothing would please the GOP more than Sanders nomination. This is more likely Clinton Inc’s handiwork,
    after all he IS running against Hillary and Mother Jones broke the story.

  25. Did you even read the piece and the context in which it was written? Or did you just read some text that was in the chyron?

  26. It is not just a coincidence that tax cuts for the rich have preceded both the 1929 and 2007 depressions. The Revenue acts of 1926 and 1928 worked exactly as the Republican Congresses that pushed them through promised. The dramatic reductions in taxes on the upper income brackets and estates of the wealthy did indeed result in increases in savings and investment. However, overinvestment (by 1929 there were over 600 automobile manufacturing companies in the USA) caused the depression that made the rich, and most everyone else, ultimately much poorer.

    Since 1969 there has been a tremendous shift in the tax burdens away from the rich on onto the middle class. Corporate income tax receipts, whose incidence falls entirely on the owners of corporations, were 4% of GDP then and are now less than 1%. During that same period, payroll tax rates as percent of GDP have increased dramatically…”

  27. It has been mostly if not all tax cuts for the rich since 1981 when the Regan regime stole the election in 1980 with their act of treason in the Iran hostage situation. Since then every Fed chair has been fudging numbers and cooking books to make it seem like we haven’t been in another great depression. We need Bernie Sanders in the White House to reverse this damage. Hillary with her ties to Wall Street and the multi-national corporations will only be more of the same.

  28. 43 years ago they really had to dig for that one. Next they will be bringing up his potty training. this alone tells volumes when they have to dig this deep. They could pull something in the last 5 years on any of us he must be a saint.

  29. How much did GWB’s drinking, cocaine use and not showing up for his Air National Guard drills figure in the discourse on programs like MTP? Or–how about his transcript and “gentleman’s degree” from Yale?

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