Bored at impeachment trial, Republican senators play with fidget spinners

by Jordyn Pair · Jan 24th, 2020 1:14 pm

Last Updated Jan 24th, 2020 at 9:05 pm

Several senators have been keeping themselves occupied throughout the impeachment trial — by playing with fidget spinners.

New York Times reporter Catie Edmonson tweeted a sketch of Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) that included a fidget spinner on his desk. He reportedly passed the toys out to other Republican lawmakers as a gesture of their boredom with the impeachment proceedings.

A fidget spinner is a rotating device on a set of ball bearings. It is designed to help restless people concentrate by occupying their hands.

Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD) also showed off his fidget spinner to reporters.

"They do last for quite a while," Rounds said, according to USA Today politics reporter Nicholas Wu, who shared a photo of Rounds with his fidget spinner on Twitter. "Not that it might outlast some of the dissertation we have in there, but it might make the time go a little quicker."

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) also had the spinners.