Bloomberg Campaign Adviser Shocks CNN Host By Claiming Bernie Sanders Believes 'Women Get Cancer From Having Too Many Orgasms'

A senior advisor for Michael Bloomberg's presidential campaign shocked CNN host Alisyn Camerota Tuesday morning after accusing Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders of penning "women's rape fantasies" and tying orgasms to cervical cancer risk.

Bloomberg campaign senior advisor Tim O'Brien lashed out against Sanders and referenced several decades-old essays and comments attributed to the now-Democratic frontrunner. O'Brien pointed to underground Vermont newspaper essays Sanders wrote in the late 1960s and early 1970s which touched on the "psychosomatic aspects of cancer" and how mental health affects one's susceptibility to cancer. O'Brien inaccurately claimed that Sanders wrote that women get cancer from having "too many orgasms," when in fact Sanders argued women not having orgasms were more at risk.

The controversial essays first emerged during the 2015 primary chase and Sanders' campaign responded to their surfacing by dismissing the decades-old writing as "a dumb attempt at dark satire in an alternative publication."

JUST NOW: @MikeBloomberg Senior Adviser @TimOBrien goes there on @BernieSanders.

Orgasms. Rape fantasies. Children running naked. All there.@NewDaypic.twitter.com/EUckLVYNR0

— John Berman (@JohnBerman) February 25, 2020

But going on the attack on CNN Tuesday, O'Brien sought to drudge up the "loony" side of Sanders. The Sanders campaign responded to the initial uncovering of these essays in 2015, denouncing his old writings which "in no way reflects his views or record on women."

"We've got a candidate who has risen in the polls because of his track record. 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," O'Brien ranted Tuesday morning.

"I'm sorry, what?" interjected the visibly shocked CNN host, Camerota.

"Why has this stuff not been more surfaced? He's written about women's rape fantasies - that hasn't been surfaced. That's the loony side of Bernie."

In a December 1969 essay entitled, "Cancer, Disease and Society," which was originally published in the Vermont Freeman underground newspaper, Sanders argued that cervical cancer can potentially be caused by a woman's inability to achieve an orgasm—the inverse of what O'Brien suggested on CNN Tuesday. O'Brien is an executive editor of Bloomberg Opinion and was previously a reporter at The New York Times.

Sanders went on to write that women with disapproving mothers who keep their daughters from enjoying sexual intercourse could also be tied to cancer risk due to mental health trauma.

In May 2015, the Sanders campaign responded to a 1972 essay about rape: "It was intended to attack gender stereotypes of the '70s, but it looks as stupid today as it was then," former Sanders campaign spokesman Michael Briggs told CNN at the time. The essay was first uncovered by Mother Jones earlier that month. The primary against Hillary Clinton was nearly a year off.

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A senior Bloomberg adviser shocked CNN host Alisyn Camerota Tuesday after accusing Bernie Sanders of contemplating "women's rape fantasies" and tying orgasms to cervical cancer risk. Screenshot: CNN | New Day