Washington — U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence played the game Candy Crush on her smartphone Tuesday during President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech.
The Southfield Democrat was caught in the act by a photographer for Getty Images, who snapped a shot from overhead of Lawrence and two other House members checking their phones during the one-hour, 20-minute address. Lawrence was clad in black in solidarity with victims of sexual violence and assault.
Lawrence’s office declined to comment Thursday. The photo was first highlighted by the Daily Mail.
Many other members of Congress were using smartphones and tablets or taking notes during the speech.
Lawrence, who is serving her second term, said after the speech she felt disconnected from Trump’s message.
“When you know his policies and the things he has said and the disrespect, I cannot connect the words to the person standing there,” Lawrence told The Detroit News after the address.
“He kept talking about us as Americans. I don’t feel like I’m his America. I’ve been feeling that way for a long time.”
Lawrence was also disappointed that Trump conflated immigrants with the MS-13 gang.
“We heard so much about that, but he didn’t say one thing about crime in America – how urban cities are dealing with so much crime,” Lawrence said.
“America First? Where’s your plan to deal with overall crime? I want to protect the borders. I want America safe. But I can tell you, if you wipe out this gang you still have a crime problem in America.”