It’s no secret that many Democrats stayed seated in an apparent act of protest throughout much of Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech Tuesday night.
At times, the Democrat’s acts of protest were seen as disrespectful, particularly when many members of the party refused to stand or applaud for Trump’s lines about America being “One nation under God” or standing “for our national anthem.”
From the press gallery, this reporter could see many on the Democrat side of the aisle speaking in hushed tones while Trump was speaking or playing on their phones during the speech.
A particularly sneaky photograph from Getty Images caught exactly what some Democrats were doing on their phones while Trump was speaking. A photo from Chip Somodevilla shows an unidentified Congressional Black Caucus member playing an iPhone game on her phone as Trump spoke.
Perhaps a version of Candy Crush?
Two other members were looking at twitter and editing what looks like a talking point, respectively.
The original photo is captioned:
Members of Congress look at their cell phones during the State of the Union address in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives January 30, 2018 in Washington, DC. This is the first State of the Union address given by U.S. President Donald Trump and his second joint-session address to Congress.