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What Do You Think? Did This Congressman Fart On Live TV?

Did Congressman Eric Swalwell fart during an interview on MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews? Twitter certainly thinks so and #Fartgate has taken political Twitter by storm. The theory appears to have begun when user Andrew Lawrence shared a 5-second clip of the representative with a single caption: “OMFG SOUND ON.” 

Swalwell appears talking as expected, but a couple of seconds in there is an unmistakably loud and distinct fart-like sound. Many believe the hot mic ended up snitching on Swalwell’s bowels but the congressman swears he did not fart. If you think the impeachment hearings are going to damage Trump’s reputation, imagine being known as the congressman who farted. 

#Fartgate was the top trending hashtag on Monday night.

“Chris, so far the evidence is uncontradicted that the president used taxpayer dollars to help him cheat an election,” Swalwell said from the Capitol on Hardball only to be interrupted by a fart sound on live television. 

The audible fart noise sounds so cartoonishly like a fart that it may as well have been a whoopie cushion toy. Most notably in the video, Swalwell seems to acknowledge the toot when he briefly pauses, therefore eliminating the possibility that the noise was added into the video later.  

Reactions on Twitter quickly poured in.

“I heard this live and thought it was my dog. It was not. Turn your sound up. No, really,” journalist Holly Figueroa O’Reilly tweeted.

Some took shot at Swalwell’s excuse for the unfortunate noise mishap.

“Swalwell pauses and flinches at the exact moment someone lightly drags a mug across a desk instead of just picking it up like a regular person What an insane attempt at saving Swalwell,” journalist Tim Pool wrote on Twitter. 

Swalwell says he didn’t even hear the fart. What is the truth? 

Buzzfeed political reporter Addy Baird texted Swalwell to comment on #Fartgate, the congressman denied even hearing the toot. 

“I’m really sorry about this but I have to ask if this was you or someone in the studio,” Baid said in a text to Swalwell. 

Baird told him he looked like he was trying to hold a laugh in during his brief pause. 

“It was not me!!!!!” He wrote back. “Ha. And I didn’t hear it when I was speaking,” adding “I def did not hear it.” 

However, in the age where some politicians cry fake news when confronted with the truth, many users did not believe Swalwell. 

“He paused his speech and ripped one. I can see why he’d not admit to it, but lol to anyone who thinks otherwise,” one user wrote. 

Hardball attempts to clear the air (jajaja). 

While MSNBC did not appear to respond to any of the media’s requests for comment, after deleting a cryptic tweet of the double Spider-man meme, they shared another one. 

“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!” The MSNBC show wrote on Twitter with a link to purchase the mug. 

People weren’t so keen on this theory. The hard ceramic bottom of a mug producing the sound of a fart as it scrapes against a sturdy news desk just did not seem feasible to the Twitter commentariat. 

“A farting coffee mug? Well that’s a new one. When I scrape my mug across the desk it sounds like a mug scraping across the desk,” Will Donnelly tweeted. 

Donelly also conducted a Twitter poll, which received 3,322 votes, asking users who they believe dealt it. 54 percent believed it was Swalwell, 31 percent Matthews, only 15 percent of users polled bought the coffee mug story. 

But Rep. Swalwell still claimed complete and total exoneration.

After Hardball’s tweet, the Democratic representative who is on the House Intelligence Committee and playing a role in the impeachment hearings took to Twitter to mock Trump and also claim victory. 

“TOTAL EXONERATION!” He tweeted — the same words Trump used after the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report. 

We may never know the truth about #Fartgate and that is so 2019. 

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This 14-Year-Old Girl Is Being Called A Hero After Defending Her Family From Robbers Using A Giant Machete

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This 14-Year-Old Girl Is Being Called A Hero After Defending Her Family From Robbers Using A Giant Machete

When it comes to familia, there is very little that we won’t do to make sure that one another is safe and healthy. Whether it be protecting our siblings from schoolyard bullies or helping our abuelos with trips to the mercado, we do what he have to do.

Those instincts are exactly what kicked in for one 14-year-old girl in Bogotá, Colombia when armed robbers attempted to rob her family’s store. She did what she had to do and now her story is making headlines around the world.

14-year-old Alejandra Peréz is being called a hero for her quick thinking.

Last week, a 14-year-old girl used a machete to fight off two men who were trying to rob her mother’s shop – as one of the attackers shot her mom in the chest. Now, she’s being hailed as a hero.

Surveillance video shows the moment the gun-wielding robbers entered the store located in Bogotá, Colombia and proceeded to lower the entrance gate. A second video camera positioned behind the store counter shows Alejandra Peréz sitting beside her mother Nidia Buenaventura, who was counting money from the cash register. 

Once the robbers approached, Peréz grabbed a machete and lunged at the man to attack him. A video camera facing the front part of the counter showed the suspect trying to grab the machete away from Peréz. He then used his gun to hit Buenaventura on the head. After a failed attempt to snatch the machete from Peréz, the man shot the mother in the chest.

The man and his accomplice then ran out of the shop and got on a scooter and took off.

Thankfully, Peréz’s mother is in stable condition.

The mother told Noticias Caracol that she only realized that she had been hit by the bullet when she was being treated at the hospital, where she went for the injuries she received.

According to her, undressing for the exam she realized that she was bleeding. Fortunately, the bullet entered and left her body without affecting her organs.

“My daughters were the first thing I thought, especially Alejandra when I saw that the guy attacked her,” she said. According to the brave teenage girl, her mother’s store had been targeted by burglars in the past.

‘It is not the first or the second time it happens, so I already had in mind that if something happened, take the machete and hit them,’ Peréz said, according to Caracol TV.

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An Old Video Of To TV Hosts Debating Whether The Moon Is A Planet Or A Star Has Twitter Twisted

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An Old Video Of To TV Hosts Debating Whether The Moon Is A Planet Or A Star Has Twitter Twisted

To be a star or a planet? That is the question.

Or at least, it was The Question that made heads roll a few years ago and has begun to do again thanks to a revival of an old video.

Six years ago, in 2015 a QVC segment went viral after designer Isaac Mizrahi and his co-host Shawn Killinger got into a heated debate about whether the moon was a star or a planet. Little did they know that the moon, well, it’s actually just a moon.

Now, six years later, the old segment is making waves again.

Mizrahi and Killinger started the strange debate in a clip that is surfacing again on Twitter.

The clip starts out with Killinger holding up a shirt made of green, white, and blue colors before declaring, “This is what we call emerald, but really it’s more of a seafoam.” She then goes onto point out that “it almost kinda looks like what the earth looks like when you’re a bazillion miles away from the planet moon.”

Then in the familiar way that we’ve all done after realizing we might have made a mistake, Shawn mutters the phrase again, contemplating. “The planet moon.”

Not picking up on her hesitations, Isaac agrees “The planet moon.” Copping to her mistake, Shawn asks “Isn’t the moon a star?”

“The moon is a planet, darling,” Isaac replies before pulling his co-host into a sixty-two-second-long debate in which Isaac insists the moon is a planet. “The moon is such a planet I can’t even stand it,” he even declares at one point. In reaction, Shawn attempts to support her argument by going through the planets in our solar system. Unfortunately, she doesn’t get very far and names Earth, Uranus, Saturn, and “the one with the rings.”

This is when Shawn then comes to the conclusion that the Sun is a star too but Isaac quickly replies that “We don’t know what the sun is” meaning that “us” as in the whole world doesn’t know.

The whole thing is only resolved once someone off-camera confirms what most of us all already know, the moon is not a star, a planet, but a natural satellite.

Much to Shawn and Isaac’s chagrin of course.

“A natural satellite? What’s that mean? I don’t like that at all,” Shawn asks suspiciously. “A natural satellite,” Isaac replies, adding. “But things live on it. That means it’s a planet.”

Fortunately, the hosts move on with the show to sell their shirts, but fans on Twitter have yet to forget.

Someone even animated the entire sequence.

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