Banned from many schools, senator spotted playing with fidget spinner during impeachment trial

By Matt Collins Article may include affiliate links

A North Carolina senator passed out fidget spinners to his GOP colleague in the senate to help kill the time during the length impeachment trial of Donald Trump.

  • Sen. Richard Burr was seen passing out the devices to fellow senators on the Republican side of the aisle.
  • He was also spotted showing off a stress ball while entering Jan. 23’s session.
  • Burr was later spotted playing with one during the trial.
  • Some point out that the use of such toys on the Senate floor could be in violation of rules that require Senators (who essentially serve as jurors) to remain silent and listen to all proceedings.
  • Senators Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) were both spotted with the toys on their desks, but did not play with them.
  • Meanwhile, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has been spotted drawing or tracing an image of the Capitol while Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) has been seen reading a book and highlighting passages in it, though it’s not clear what book it is.
  • Paul has also been spotted with papers with what appeared to be crossword puzzles and Sudoku games.

Fidget spinners surged in popularity in recent years — much to the chagrin of teachers and schools.

  • Many schools and other public places began banning them just like other headache products such as hover boards and shoes with wheels.
  • Proponents of the devices say they are a good way to control stress, reduce anxiety and help users focus.