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Democrat Rep. Brenda Lawrence Caught Playing Candy Crush During Trump's SOTU Speech

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By    |   Friday, 02 Feb 2018 10:40 AM

Democratic U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence was caught playing the smartphone game Candy Crush during President Donald Trump's first State of the Union address Tuesday, according to a picture posted on London's Daily Mail website.

The Michigan representative was tapping away at the game while Trump was talking about revamping America's international trade posture, according to the Daily Mail.

Lawrence, a former mayor of the suburban Detroit city of Southfield, did not immediately respond to a request for comment, according to the Detroit Free Press. She has held her seat in Congress since 2014, noted the newspaper.

Many responded to Lawrence, though, on social media.

The Daily Mail wrote that photographers also caught U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey reading responses to her Twitter account. U.S. Rep. Joyce Beatty, from Ohio, was reviewing a proposed news release reacting the Trump's address, even though it was roughly one-third completed at the time, the publication said.

Watson Coleman, whose office did not respond to an inquiry by the Daily Mail, was pictured at 9:30 p.m. reading responses to a tweet about the time Trump drew applause for saying that 'in America, we know that faith and family, not government and bureaucracy, are the center of American life."

A spokesman for Beatty defended the Congresswoman, telling the Daily Mail that she had read Trump's speech in advance of the actual address.

"That State of the Union is put out an hour in advance so Democrats and Republicans can read along," Beatty's spokesman told the Daily Mail. "And while the speech was going on, she was putting together a statement in response."

Fox News reported that some red-state Democrats, West Virginia U.S. Rep. Joe Manchin, stood to applaud Trump on his more bipartisan lines.'

"I've seen it on both sides when Obama gave speeches, Republicans," Manchin said on "Fox & Friends" on Wednesday about negative reactions during State of the Union addresses. "That's disrespectful and last night was disrespectful."

Fox wrote that some criticized Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi for scowling through the president's address.

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