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NR's Melchior: More Selective Outrage in Response to Sanders Essay

By    |   Friday, 29 May 2015 06:40 PM

The lack of outrage over a shocking 1972 essay in which Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders suggested every woman fantasizes about being raped proves Republicans are judged more harshly than Democrats over insensitive remarks, National Review writer Jillian Kay Melchior says.

"It's crazy. He needs to be held at the same standard everyone else is. [It's] a very offensive comment to make," Melchior said Friday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"If you're a politician, you need to know the microphone is always on. If you don't want it printed, don't let it happen. He took it and he let it happen. It's incredibly poor judgment," Melchior said.

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The essay on sexual politics, is titled "Man — and Woman," a copy of which appears in a new Mother Jones profile of Sanders, a Vermont Independent who is challenging Hillary Clinton for the 2016 Democratic nomination.

In the essay, for an alternative publication called the Vermont Freeman, Sanders writes: "A woman enjoys intercourse with her man — as she fantasizes being raped by 3 men simultaneously."

"I haven't been a fan of Republican men talking about this issue [of rape]," Melchior said, referring to Todd Aiken, who during a Senate bid said he believed pregnancy is preventable in a "legitimate rape" because "the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down," and Richard Mourdock, an Indiana senate candidate who called a pregnancy stemming from rape "something God intended."

"I thought they haven't been very sensitive, but the Democratic Party paints itself as 'we're fighting a war for women against the war on women,''' Melchior said.

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