We need to get to the bottom of this one…
On Monday night’s MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews, Eric Swalwell was being interviewed about the impeachment inquiry. Right in the middle of Swalwell saying that President Trump “used taxpayer dollars to ask the Ukrainians to help him cheat the election” someone let one rip, and boy, oh boy was it a loud one!
Suspicion of who the culprit was quickly turned to Swalwell as he was the one in the frame at the time.
Eric Swalwell appears to drop a massive fart during live on television
Turn the sound on, this is real pic.twitter.com/DyElNSwYog
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) November 19, 2019
And now #fartgate is trending number 2.
Perfect. Absolutely perfect. pic.twitter.com/SU5IsBayfp
— Dan ? (@dannosaur7) November 19, 2019
Swalwell quickly issues a denial.
Good to see a member of Congress just speaking the truth without partisan spin: pic.twitter.com/eSnRbnt92G
— Addy Baird (@addysbaird) November 19, 2019
Swalwell paused ever so briefly before the passing of the gas and appears to have lifted and ripped.
I'm not saying that Swalwell was definitely the one that ripped it, but in slow motion you can see his body lift up momentarily as he takes a break from speaking just as the fart is unleashed. #fartgate pic.twitter.com/6qYw8r0fTf
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) November 19, 2019
It’s clear beyond any doubt that at a minimum he heard the fart. You can even see his facial expression change. But his facial expression even before the fateful moment seems pregnant with dread and anticipation. He knows a fart is coming. Because he is its source.
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) November 19, 2019
So after @ericswalwell denied responsibility for the fart on MSNBC, we asked our audio expert to review the tape, he concluded that it’s definitely his and his alone, he even provided us with the audio waves. pic.twitter.com/YAKpW3Ifvm
— Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) November 19, 2019
Was he mocked for this? Oh, yes. There was mockery. Multiple suggestions that he was the “whistleblower,” the new nickname “Shartwell,” that when he had threatened to “nuke” 2A advocates no one expected flatulence, and well, memes.
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) November 19, 2019
— bob boberton (@realbobboberton) November 19, 2019
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) November 19, 2019
Fun Fcat: Rep. Eric Swalwell's fart lasted longer than his presidential campaign. #FartGate.
— Carmine Sabia (@CarmineSabia) November 19, 2019
It wasn't just a fart. It was a #TrouserNuke,
— Aldous Huxley's Ghost™ (@AF632) November 19, 2019
Swallwell didn’t shart himself. #fartgate
— The Failing NY Times MD (@FormerNewspaper) November 19, 2019
It wasn’t just the MAGA crowd that was having fun at Swalwell’s expense. Avowed leftists thought it was pretty dang funny, too.
There are two types of people in the world—
1. People who think farts are funny.
2. People who don’t think farts are funny.
It is pretty much all you need to know about a person. Which are you?
(I think they’re hilarious.)#fartgate
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) November 19, 2019
#FartGate — the only hope of uniting the country.
You almost feel bad that Swalwell’s pathetic Presidential campaign is over.
He should relaunch his campaign tonight. Only Eric Swalwell’s farts can bring Americans together in this time of polarization. #fartgate
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) November 19, 2019
The suggestions for his new campaign slogan are just — primo!
Even Stephen Colbert did a segment on his show about #Fartgate:
Some weren’t so sure that it was Swalwell, though.
— The Standalorian (@TourdeFronz) November 19, 2019
Some say that the perpetrator was actually Chris Matthews who has a history of this kind of thing.
Like Chris Matthews underwear, I think Eric Swalwell is being smeared unfairly #fartgate
— john teufel esq (@JohnTeufelNYC) November 19, 2019
2 months ago:
— @PeggyBrava™ #Navalny #Hozho #VotingRights ?️ (@PeggyBrava) November 19, 2019
Second, the fart conveniently manifests when it goes to a one-shot, where Chris is off camera to let it rip without anyone seeing…
— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) November 19, 2019
Unless you’re telling me that thing bounced through the echoey Capitol building, into Swalwell’s lav mic, through control to the main audio, then that is one magic fart. There is also, of course, the possibility that there was a second farter. #fartgate #fin
— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) November 19, 2019
It's matthews. it's a sitter; you can hear the upholstery. matthews waited for stalwell to start speaking, thinking he'd have an opening bc production usually mutes there. he went for the rip but production was late to the button and voila. https://t.co/v7MMZI9ips
— jason c. (@netw3rk) November 19, 2019
I’m a producer who has worked on many in-studio productions. Dealt w/a similar incident (it wasn’t live, thank goodness). & it was the host that did it.
— Boots is vaxxed & masked ? (@MissBossyBoots_) November 19, 2019
But those in the Hardball camp are blaming the noise on… a mug?
— The ReidOut (@thereidout) November 19, 2019
In the end, it’s the amusement that counts.
— Eric Swalwell (@ericswalwell) March 22, 2013