Via The Hill:
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said on Sunday that a controversial essay he penned in 1972 discusses topics similar to the popular erotic novel 50 Shades of Gray.
The 2016 Democratic presidential candidate told host Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that his essay was “very poorly written.”
“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,” Sanders said.
“You know, something like 50 Shades of Gray, very poorly written 43 years ago,” he added.
Sanders argued on Sunday that the 1972 Vermont Freeman piece had no bearing on his current political life.
“Look, this is a piece of fiction that I wrote in 1972, I think,” Sanders said. “That was 43 years ago.”
“What I am focused on today are the issues impacting the American people,” he added.