Tuesday, December 10, 2019

He Who Denied It: Eric Swalwell Denies Emitting Massive Fart on MSNBC

Democrats’ efforts to impeach President Donald Trump are going over with the public like a juicy, wet fart.

Seriously. Such wind was broken live on MSNBC on Monday night on the eve of the Democrats’ next round of impeachment hearings on Tuesday, where a Democrat Congressman helping lead the charge for impeachment was being interviewed by a network host. Then, mid-interview, a loud fart broke out on air.

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) denied Monday evening that it was he who ripped the massive fart live on MSNBC during an interview with Chris Matthews on Hardball.

Meanwhile, Matthews and MSNBC remain silent on whether they are owning up to the blast of flatulence that interrupted the top Democrat’s argument backing House Democrats’ push for the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

During the video, as the fart was being ripped, Swalwell pauses and appears to smirk as he says, “The evidence is un-contradicted that the president used taxpayer dollars…”:

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

BuzzFeed, the leftist website, conducted an immediate investigation into who passed gas on MSNBC. The outlet’s Addy Baird noticed Swalwell’s pause and smirk, too, writing: “The Democrat, who sits on the House Intelligence Committee, appeared to react to the fart with a brief pause, while attempting not to smile.”

Baird then writes that the clip went viral online, causing Swalwell to deny it on the record to BuzzFeed:

As the clip of Swalwell quickly circulated on the internet, some began to speculate that the California representative was the one behind the loud flatulence.

But in a text to BuzzFeed News on Monday night, Swalwell denied having anything to do with it.

“It was not me!!!!!” he wrote. “Ha. And I didn’t hear it when I was speaking.”

Pressed by this reporter, Swalwell denied again having heard the fart, before adding, “It’s funny tho.”

Many on Twitter mocked Swalwell’s denial, because, as everyone knows when it comes to the old rules of flatulence, he who denied it supplied it:

Eric Swalwell has denied that he farted

But as we know, he who denied it supplied it https://t.co/8jkXi2prFm

— Madison Underwood (@MadisonU) November 19, 2019

I know few things in this world. I make no claims to wisdom or insight. But if I know anything, it is this, and this alone. He who denied it supplied it. https://t.co/T78BNFyxd4

— Luke Thompson (@ltthompso) November 19, 2019

House rules state that he who hath denied it, and so forth. https://t.co/bFmQODpCAT

— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) November 19, 2019

This old tweet of Swalwell talking about wind behind him resurfaced Monday evening amid the controversy:

"May the wind always be at your back, but let your ideas move you forward" — to the Ala. Co. @CA_Dem St. Paddy's Day pic.twitter.com/qmqyrU19np

— Eric Swalwell (@ericswalwell) March 22, 2013

BuzzFeed’s Baird notes in her investigation that MSNBC did not respond to BuzzFeed’s comment request. “MSNBC did not immediately respond to a request for comment,” Baird wrote.

But the show’s official Twitter feed later tweeted this out, after removing a now-deleted Spiderman v. Spiderman meme:

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! https://t.co/SG8Owm2IBw

— Hardball (@hardball) November 19, 2019

But as others have pointed out, right before the fart, the camera cut to a one-shot with just Swalwell on screen, hiding for a moment Matthews from his program’s viewers:

THREAD: I hate to let the air out of these #fartgate theories, but the inimitable laws of physics clearly point to Chris as the culprit. For one, Swalwell’s mic wouldn’t likely have picked it up in the noisy liveshot location…

— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) November 19, 2019

S.E. Cupp also argued in the thread that the acoustics of the two different potential culprits’ locations lean more towards Matthews letting one rip:

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

The controversy sent the hashtag #FartGate trending on Twitter–uniting people from all political perspectives ranging from Donald Trump, Jr., and other right-wingers to people throughout the establishment media and even leftist actress Alyssa Milano:

Most intelligible thing to come out of Swalwell in years. #fartgatehttps://t.co/LT7MXAkIRB

— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) November 19, 2019

I'm dying. Absolutely dying. #fartgate

No matter how famous you are, you will never compete with cheeky Eric Swalwell's MSNBC flatulence, which is now trending on Twitter.

A fart is trending.

A fart.

Trending.

We must get to the bottom of this scandal.

— David Martosko (@dmartosko) November 19, 2019

I guess #fartgate will distract us all from the many times Joe Biden has literally full-blown shit himself onstage

— Michael Malice (@michaelmalice) November 19, 2019

Swalwell sounds like he just shit his pants on television. #fartgatehttps://t.co/yz78fhx6BZ

— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) November 19, 2019

I get that some of you think Chris Matthews was the farter, but do you really think he has the skill and control to not only drop it perfectly between Swalwell's words, but also choreograph it seamlessly with Swalwell's body movement? #fartgatepic.twitter.com/6qYw8r0fTf

— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) November 19, 2019

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

What’s more, sources on Capitol Hill tell Breitbart News that Republicans are currently formulating the best possible ways to bring #FartGate into this week’s hearings. It remains to be seen if they will actually do it or not, but #FartGate is just the latest air to come out of the Democrats’ case for impeachment.

Matthew Boyle

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