As U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) remained embroiled in a tight race with Democratic challenger Adam Frisch on Wednesday, a number of leftist pundits were beginning to prematurely celebrate her defeat.
For Democratic strategist Kurt Bardella, his on-air musings led to accusations of misogyny from fellow liberals.
During an MSNBC segment, host Joy Reid asked Bardella to weigh in on Boebert’s potential future if her re-election bid fell short.
“I guess it might be a gain for OnlyFans,” he said, referencing a subscription site known for its erotic content.
While Reid clearly found his remark funny, former U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) looked on in apparent disbelief.
In short order, a number of other leftists began to call Bardella out for appearing to shame so-called sex workers — and several prominent conservatives lobbed accusations of hypocrisy.
Joy Reid LAUGHS when @kurtbardella suggests Lauren Boebert’s loss will be “a gain for OnlyFans.”
Does the left think sexism is ok so long as the target is a Republican?
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) November 10, 2022
Failed Democratic congressional candidate Alexandra Hunt, who worked as an exotic dancer for a time and even partially funded her campaign with OnlyFans revenue, was among those who said his quip was out of line.
“I can’t stand Boebert, but this sexism isn’t cute,” Hunt tweeted. “There’s no shame in having an OnlyFans.”
She went on to tell Bardella to “do better,” and he responded with a lengthy mea culpa.
“I appreciate your feedback and when someone from your vantage point weighs in — that warrants consideration and reflection,” he wrote. “I’ll be more thoughtful about my words in the future. It is NEVER my intention to shame women. I apologize. Period.”
Bardella continued by insisting that there “is nothing wrong with consensual interactions on platforms like OnlyFans” and accused anyone who thinks otherwise of needing “to examine their own perception of women and their autonomy.”
Tucked neatly within his apology, however, was a dig at Republicans who “don’t give a rip about sexism, misogyny or equality.”
As of Friday, the Colorado congressional race remained too close to call, and Boebert expressed confidence that she would emerge victorious.
“I don’t know if there wasn’t enough enthusiasm for our top-ticket candidates for governor and Senate or what happened there,” she said of Democrats’ strong showing in her state. “But there was a lot of shifting of the votes there.”
Nevertheless, she was optimistic about her re-election chances, stating: “Of course, I expect to win.”