2020 Democrat taking a week off from campaigning for jury duty

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Tom Steyer is the latest presidential candidate to take time away from campaigning.

The billionaire, who joined the crowded Democratic field in July, said Sunday he was taking a week off the campaign trail to report for jury duty in San Francisco. He used the opportunity to take a dig at President Trump.

“It is every American’s civic duty to serve on a jury with their peers,” he said in a statement. “At a time when Donald Trump is constantly undermining our legal norms, I can think of no stronger response to his criminal behavior than fulfilling my civic obligation.”

Two of his rivals also sidelined their campaigns in recent weeks. Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke took a two-week hiatus from the campaign trail to remain in his hometown of El Paso following a mass shooting. Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is off the campaign trail for two weeks for active military duty in Indonesia.

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