WASHINGTON (WCMH) – U.S. Rep Brenda Lawrence (D-Michigan) was spotted playing Candy Crush on her phone Tuesday while President Donald Trump delivered his State of the Union speech.
A Getty Images photo shows three representatives using their phones during the speech. The other two are U.S. Reps. Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio) and Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-New Jersey).
Image metadata shows that the photo was taken at 9:42pm Tuesday.
The Detroit News and WWJ-TV reported Lawrence’s office declined to comment on the photo. The photo began to go viral after it was first published by the Daily Mail.
While Lawrence appears to be playing Candy Crush or one of its variants, Beatty appears to be going over a press release that was sent after the speech.
A spokesperson for Beatty’s office told NBC4, “At the State of the Union, the address itself was available well in advance of the delivery of the speech. Congresswoman Beatty read the speech prior to attending the address. Just as a vast majority the Democratic and Republican Party colleagues in the House were also reviewing the speech and working on their statements in advance.”
Watson Coleman appears to be reading tweets about the speech.
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