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This may be the most attention that MSNBC’s “Hardball” show with Chris Matthews has ever gotten.

But while Matthews was interviewing Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) on the show, Swalwell appeared to let rip a very loud fart on live television, as we reported last night.

Yes, it was real, it wasn’t added in later and it immediately became the number one trending topic on Twitter.

Swalwell denied it.

Some thought that Chris Matthews might be behind it.

But whatever the story, people were having fun and it united the Internet.

Hardball’s initial reaction was to join in.

But then came the cover-up. Claim without evidence:

But no one was buying it.

It even made it overseas:

HT: Twitchy