World Photos show Republican senators passing the time at Trump's lengthy impeachment trial by playing with fidget spinners
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President Donald Trump's Thursday impeachment hearings took a trip down memory lane to 2017 as multiple restless Republican senators were spotted playing with fidget spinners.
Soon after House impeachment manager Jerry Nadler began his opening statements, Sen. Richard Burr started flicking a blue fidget spinner.
A fidget spinner is a rotating device set on ball bearings, which spins for a long period of time once flicked. It was designed for restless kids, and even adults.
New York Times reporter Catie Edmonson tweeted this rendering of Burr at the hearing by a Times sketch artist on Thursday. You can see the fidget spinner on his desk.
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Our wonderful sketch artist captured Mr. Burr and his fidget spinner on the Senate floor, as referenced in this story
— Catie Edmondson (@CatieEdmondson)
Sen. Mike Rounds also got in on the action. This image was shared to Twitter by USA Today politics reporter Nicholas Wu on Thursday.
Sen. Mike Rounds showed off his fidget spinner to reporters.
— Nicholas Wu (@nicholaswu12)
"They do last for quite a while," Rounds said of the toy, according to Wu. "Not that it might outlast some of the dissertation we have in there, but it might make the time go a little quicker."
Sens. Tom Cotton and Pat Toomey, too. Cotton's was purple and Toomey's was white.
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Burr had distributed all these spinners on Thursday morning,.
Other Republican senators chose to pass the time with other distractions.
Sen. Marsha Blackburn, was spotted reading a book, according to NPR, while NBC News reported that Sen. Rand Paul "appeared to be drawing or tracing a sketch of the US Capitol."
Trump and many of his allies have dismissed the entire impeachment trial as a hoax.
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