No obstruction, just confusion.
The first Democrat to drop out of the 2020 presidential race found himself immersed in scandal Monday as the sound of flatulence of appeared to reverberate through his microphone during an appearance on MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews.”
But California congressman Eric Swalwell, who stands accused of breaking wind in a public forum, denies the charges and blames a technical fluke for the embarrassing moment.
During the segment in question, Swalwell makes the bold claim that “So far the evidence is un-contradicted that the president used taxpayer dollars to help him cheat… an election.”
The vibrating sound that many viewers heard as a fart occurred when Swalwell made a dramatic pause between the words “cheat” and “election.”[More Politics] Ex-Ukraine envoy changes testimony, says he ‘now’ realizes Trump used U.S. aid to get Biden probe in blockbuster impeachment hearing »
Buzzfeed news made contact with the 39-year-old politician who denied the accusations against him.
“It was not me!!!!!” he wrote. “Ha. And I didn’t hear it when I was speaking.”
Amidst growing skepticism on social media, “Hardball” came to the defense of its embattled guest.
“Sorry to disappoint the conspiracy theorists — it was the #hardball mug scraping across the desk,” the show wrote on its Twitter page, along with a promotion for the NBC gift shop.
“TOTAL EXONERATION!” Swalwell wrote, parodying President Trump’s claim the Mueller report cleared him of wrongdoing.
Skepticism continued Tuesday morning, even after Swalwell tweeted in good humor, “This too shall pass.”[More Politics] Cuomo releases census funds to prevent under-counting in 2020 »
Model and amateur pundit Chrissy Teigen wasn’t hearing it. “No its a fart don’t ruin this,” she pleaded.
Donald Trump Jr., whose father is currently at the center of an impeachment inquiry following allegations that he abused his power as president by asking a foreign government to undermine his political rivals, savored Swalwell’s awkward moment as well.
“Most intelligible thing to come out of Swalwell in years,” Trump Jr. tweeted.
He used the hashtag #Fartgate, which has been trending on social media since Monday’s incident.
Swalwell announced in April that he would run for president, but his campaign ran out of gas by early July. He was honest about his odds when he broke the news.
“Being honest with ourselves, we had to look at how much money we were raising, where we were in the polls,” Swalwell said.
He was polling at around 1% and struggled to raise campaign cash.