The trio were thrilled that Boebert was locked in a tight race with Democrat Adam Frisch. At the time of publication, Boebert was leading Frisch by 386 votes, with 98% of the votes counted, in the race for Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District.
Reid asked her guests, "What's the meaning if Lauren Boebert – the second most popular QAnon Congressperson in MAGA – what if she goes, what if she loses?"
Reid added, "And what job will she have? I don't even think Shooters exists any more."
Boebert previously owned the gun-themed restaurant Shooters Grill in Rifle, Colorado. The restaurant closed in July after a new landlord did not renew the lease for Shooters Grill.
Bardella proclaimed that Boebert would transition from congresswoman to a performer on OnlyFans – an adult website that features pornographic content.
"I guess it might be a gain for OnlyFans," Bardella stated. "I don’t know what she would do in this scenario."
The remark delighted Reid and sent her into a laughing, wheezing outburst.
McCaskill's jaw dropped in reaction to Bardella's comment.
Bardella said of Boebert's potential loss, "I think that symbolically to take out one of the poster childs of the MAGA movement – someone who has been an absolute disgrace to the office that she holds – would be a great feather in the cap. And would, I think, cement the fact that this has been an absolute unmitigated disaster for the MAGA wing of the Republican Party."
Bardella – a former publicist for Breitbart and the Daily Caller as well as a former senior adviser to the Lincoln Project – was slammed as a "sexist" in reactions on Twitter. Many online commentators decried hypocrisy and believed that there would be a far greater backlash if Bardella made the same comment against a Democrat politician.
Conservative commentator CJ Pearson: "So misogyny is ok, as long as it’s exclusively directed towards conservative women?"
Reporter Alex Salvi: "Very creepy and misogynistic."
Independent journalist Glenn Greenwald: "Demeaning, creepy, sexualized things you get to say about female politicians if you're doing so for the right cause and on the right liberal channel. Pick your most beloved liberal politician and imagine the uproar if this were said about them on Fox while the host giggled."
Writer Carmine Sabia: "If @KurtBardella was a Republican, @JoyAnnReid was on Fox News and Lauren Boebert was a Democrat people would be fired, apologies would be made and it would be a national news story. This is abhorrent."
Columnist David Harsanyi: "If this was a Republican, The Atlantic would have to dedicate an entire issue to the dark misogynistic heart of the party."
Former Trump adviser Jenna Ellis: "Gross. @kurtbardella is a pervert. If anyone had suggested this about Tiffany Cross when she was fired, the Left would have whined racism, sexism, misogyny. So maybe everyone just stop suggesting women do porn altogether, regardless of race or party?"
Entrepreneur Alok Bhatt: "Liberal privilege again at display - thanks to which this democrat strategist @kurtbardella, will get away with this utterly sexist remark!"
Journalist Brad Polumbo: "I am a big critic of Boebert, but this is sexist and demeaning. She ran a successful business before Congress."
Investigative reporter Chuck Ross: "I hope MSNBC keeps @kurtbardella on air because he’s a clown and he amuses me, but hard to see how they justify keeping him on after this when they just got rid of a black female show host for lack of 'standards.'"
Conservative commentator Kurt Schlichter: "Remember that much of the hatred of conservativism is cheesy class snobbery by mediocre people who have nothing but their ridiculous 'elite' status."
Reporter Tatjana Pasalic: "I am not a fan of Boebert at all but this is just disgusting trash. Why is misogyny like this OK on national TV? Shame on these two women giggling at the OnlyFans comment. Such feminism. Much wow. Gross."
Former Democratic Congressional candidate Alexandra M. Hunt: "I can’t stand Boebert, but this sexism isn’t cute. There’s no shame to having an OnlyFans. @kurtbardella do better."
Following the backlash, Bardella issued an apology while at the same time pillorying supporters of former President Donald Trump.
"I’ll be more thoughtful about my words in the future," Bardella tweeted on Thursday. "It is NEVER my intention to shame women. I apologize. Period."
"There is nothing wrong with consensual interactions on platforms like OnlyFans," he added. "Anyone suggesting otherwise in an effort to shame or judge really needs to examine their own perception of women and their autonomy."
Bardella then went on the attack.
"That said, I have zero appetite for the faux-outrage coming from the MAGA-ites because we all know they don’t give a rip about sexism, misogyny or equality," he wrote on Twitter. "They are hypocrites of the first order. Just look at their standard-bearer."