What One Michigan Congresswoman Was Caught Doing During the SOTU is Actually Pretty Funny

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We all know how it is to watch a State of the Union speech by a President that we loathe. I sure do. As a good citizen, I always take the time to watch even if it is from the comfort of my living room couch. That way, I can sneer, laugh, roll my eyes, maybe even doze off and I don’t have to worry that anyone is watching.

But when you are in the Chamber “live” and there are people and cameras everywhere, it might be a good idea to have a little respect. Just a smidgen would be nice. Even if you disagree with everything he says. Even if you hate him. At least pretend to listen.

Let’s also not forget that congressmen are there as part of their job. This is what we pay you all for. You aren’t there for entertainment, you are there to listen to your president. You may hate what he says, but it is very relevant to your job.

We all saw the horrific childlike behavior of the Democrats during the State of the Union earlier this week, but what one congresswoman was doing was pretty funny, even if it is disrespectful and infuriating at the same time. Congressman Brenda Lawrence (D-MI) was spotted playing Candy Crush on her phone during the speech. When interviewed after one of Obama’s SOTU speeches she said during the speech she was “taking in every word, because it’s my job.” Apparently, it is only your job if you agree with what is being said.

H/T Fox News

It’s a scenario all gamers can relate to.

You’re deep into a game, maybe rescuing Princess Peach in “Super Mario Bros.” or stopping your family from drowning in “The Sims.” But then you have to stop gaming and go to work.

Well, one Democratic congresswoman has come up with a solution — just keep gaming. Rep. Brenda Lawrence, D-Mich., was caught doing exactly that on her phone during President Trump’s State of the Union on Tuesday.

A photo, from Getty Images, appears to show Lawrence playing the addictive match-three game “Candy Crush Saga.”

Fox News reached out to King, the developers of “Candy Crush,” to confirm whether it was one of the many Candy Crush spinoffs, or a competitor. They did not respond to that request for comment.

Lawrence’s office also did not respond to a request for comment.

Lawrence was not the only one to be somewhat distracted from Trump’s remarks. The Daily Mail, which first reported on the photo, also noted that Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-N.J.,  was reading responses to her tweets, while Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, viewed a draft press release reacting to the speech.

Democrats were widely criticized by Republicans for their behavior during the address, with some refusing to stand for even non-partisan applause lines — such as applauding guests or hailing low black unemployment.

Both Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., were seen scowling through the address.

Not all Democrats snubbed Trump’s speech, with some red-state Democrats up for re-election standing to applaud some of Trump’s more bipartisan lines.

“I’ve seen it on both sides when Obama gave speeches, Republicans,” Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said on “Fox & Friends” on Wednesday. “That’s disrespectful and last night was disrespectful.”

So, I confess, I love Candy Crush myself. It is a great mind numbing game to play on a plane ride or to help me unwind after a long day. However, that surely doesn’t mean that I would be playing it at work and certainly not for all to see.

I get it. The Democrats were trying hard to show that they could care less about what President Trump had to say. I get it. But geez, what’s next? Perhaps next year they will show up in pajamas? Maybe bring in a bucket of popcorn? At least their fellow Democrats had the decency to listen to the speech even if they did scowl at every word (even things they should have applauded).

In an interview after the speech, Congresswoman showed her ignorance of the issues by referring to “this M-16” gang that Trump spoke of. It’s MS-13 lady, and if you don’t know that is,you really should put away the Candy Crush and open up a newspaper.

Even though I think that those 11 congressmen who decided to not even go to the speech were rude, at least they just stayed home instead of coming and completely disrespecting an important night for the country. Next time I think Congresswoman Lawrence should just stay home.

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