23:10 GMT13 May 2021
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    Of all the gates to embarrass and humiliate US politicians, the currently trending #fartgate is certainly the most bizarre. The humorous hashtag erupted on Twitter after Democratic US Rep. Eric Swalwell was the perpetrator and victim of a proverbial 'gas attack' on live TV.

    Democrat Rep. Eric Swalwell went viral after he appeared to rip a disruptively loud fart during an interview on MSNBC’s Hardball on Monday night.

    There were two men speaking,  ̶F̶a̶r̶t̶Swalwell and host Chris Matthews, but viewers (and listeners) blamed the incident on the former because the timing of the congressman's brief pause, mid-anti-Trump diatribe, smelled too suspicious.

    Swalwell – who was the first Democrat to drop out of the 2020 presidential race – told BuzzFeed reporter Addy Baird that it wasn’t he who dealt it…

    …to which Federalist co-founder Sean Davis replied: “He who denied it supplied it. Everyone knows this.”

    The question “who was the farter?” has swiftly eclipsed all other political affairs in the US and propelled the humorous hashtag #fartgate to the top of Twitter trends.

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