Rep. Eric Swalwell’s live interview with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews was briefly interrupted on Monday by what appeared to be someone passing gas.
“So far the evidence is uncontradicted that the president used taxpayer dollars to ask the Ukrainians to cheat,” the California Democrat said before an audible fart-type sound could be heard.
The former 2020 Democratic presidential candidate pushed forward with the interview despite the brief distraction.
Swalwell denied it was him who farted in a statement to Buzzfeed News congressional reporter Addy Baird.
“I’m really sorry about this but I have to ask if this was you or someone in the studio,” Baird asked the congressman.
“It was not me!!!!!” Swalwell replied. “Ha. And I didn’t hear it when I was speaking.”
Baird pushed back, noting that it appeared “he had heard it and are stifling a laugh.”
“I def did not hear it,” Swalwell again denied.
NEWS: SWALWELL denies it was him who farted on MSNBC: pic.twitter.com/IYmHwYfuGf
— Addy Baird (@addysue) November 19, 2019
Many Conservative Twitter users blamed Swalwell for the fart noise while others insisted it was MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews who broke wind.
Oh my god Chris Matthews just ripped a loud fart while interviewing Eric Swalwell on live tv. This is 100% real it just happened, I’m dying pic.twitter.com/pBs4CYR87k
— Katie Notopoulos (@katienotopoulos) November 19, 2019
WATCH: Democrats are literally farting around on MSNBC tonight.
Case in point: @ericswalwell and Chris Matthews.
Watch Swalwell flinch.pic.twitter.com/bP42WwF4AE
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) November 19, 2019
I’m calling shenanigans
Swalwell pauses and flinches with the fart noise
At this point it doesn’t matter anyway
He’s that fart guy now https://t.co/oMfOxrVhle
— Tim Pool (@Timcast) November 19, 2019
Countdown to @realDonaldTrump’s tweet about Eric Swalwell’s fart.
— Kyle Kashuv (@KyleKashuv) November 19, 2019
This is the most publicity Eric Swalwell has gotten all year and he ran for President! pic.twitter.com/zdlyLOHrea
— ACT for America (@ACTforAmerica) November 19, 2019