Rep. Eric Swalwell or Chris Matthews May Have Farted on National Television

Clay Curtis
November 19, 2019

It was the fart heard 'round the Twitter world.

US Congressman Eric Swalwell was pressured to disclaim loudly passing fuel throughout a stay interview on MSNBC on Monday after a clip of the incident went viral.

In a text message to a BuzzFeed reporter, Swalwell denied it, but does that mean he supplied it?

MSNBC's Hardball responded to the dust-up (cropdusting?) initially with this cryptic tweet ...

"The network has said it was the sound of a mug being moved across a desk".

Frankly, there is no way to describe the fart situation without listening to the full clip in all its glory (watch it above).

Answering a question about the impeachment inquiry into President Trump's dealings with Ukraine, Swalwell said, "Chris, so far the evidence is uncontradicted that the president used taxpayer dollars to ask the Ukrainians to help him cheat..." It's attractive in its simplicity.

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The Democrat, who sits on the House Intelligence Committee, appeared to react to the fart with a brief pause, while attempting not to smile.

Others argued it was actually the Hardball host Chris Matthews who let one rip or that it was the sound of a phone vibrating on a nearby table.

Eric Swalwell was speaking live to MSNBC regarding impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump when a loud "fart-like" noise can be heard as Swalwell seems to flinch.

Despite this, many Democrats claim the report did not exonerate the President, which could possibly also mean that Eric Swalwell was claiming credit for the loud fart. A few hours later, the MSNBC show released a different explanation, saying, "Sorry to disappoint the conspiracy theorists - it was the Hardball mug scraping across the desk".

"Get yours today and let's get back to the news!" the account tweeted, linking to an online shop where viewers could get a "Hardball" mug of their own. Feinberg linked to a 2018 Blind Gossip post about the in-house issue, which explains that "producers have tried everything" to remove the stink from a certain "cable news host's" dressing room.

Could it be the same person?

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