A Democratic member of Congress was caught playing the game “Candy Crush” on her iPhone as President Donald Trump gave the State of the Union address. And she doesn’t want to talk about it.
Members of the Congressional Black Caucus wore African sashes to the State of the Union speech to protest the President’s alleged comments about African countries and immigration. They also brought along their phones to occupy them, in lieu of actually listening to the speech.
Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-MI) was one of the caucus members who sat stone-faced while President Trump mentioned that black unemployment had reached historic lows. That didn’t seem to catch her attention, but a photographer saw what did get her focus: the game “Candy Crush.”
Lawrence was photographed playing the game, while her fellow Democrats surfed social media.
A Democratic congresswoman was caught on camera playing Candy Crush during Tuesday night’s State of the Union address.
Michigan Rep. Brenda Lawrence tapped her way through the game on her iPhone while Donald Trump was speaking about revamping America’s international trade posture.
New Jersey Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman was reading responses to her tweet about the president’s alleged ‘white nationalism’ while he talked.
And Ohio Rep. Joyce Beatty was inspecting a proposed press release reacting to the speech – while it was barely a third of the way through.
Beatty’s spokesman told DailyMail.com on Thursday that she had read the entire speech already, and wasn’t doing anything out of the ordinary.
‘That State of the Union is put out an hour in advance so Democrats and Republicans can read along,’ the spokesman said.
‘And while the speech was going on, she was putting together a statement in response.’
The other two congresswomen’s offices, however, didn’t offer any explanation.
Lawrence’s spokeswoman said she was ‘in an event’ and couldn’t be reached, and offered no explanation.
It’s unclear from the picture what level of Candy Crush she was on. Members of Congress are paid $174,000 per year.
Lawrence has boasted that she is ‘the only Member of Congress with the experience of a full career in the Postal Service.’ Her post office career spanned three decades.
Watson Coleman’s representative did not respond to a request for comment.