Donald Trump spent Monday off the campaign trail to fulfill the one of the most basic civic responsibilities: jury duty. When it was over, he praised the day-long experience as “really good,” according to The New York Times.
Trump brought a sense of spectacle to the otherwise mundane proceedings, arriving at the New York State Supreme Court in Lower Manhattan by limousine and greeting a horde of reporters and onlookers. Asked how he felt about reporting for jury duty, Trump said, “I look forward to it actually.”
“People are surprised I agreed to do this,” he later added. “I’m not surprised. I think it’s the right thing to do.”
Despite his enthusiasm, Trump had failed to report to his past five jury summonses, going back to 2006. According to his lawyer, the real-estate mogul never received the letters, as they were sent to the wrong address.
While currently in the midst of a highly publicized campaign, Trump listed “real estate” as his occupation on a routine questionnaire. He added, “I refuse to say politician.”
Trump sat dutifully as he waited to be called to serve on a civil case. He did not preoccupy himself with a phone, tablet or laptop, but rather allowed himself to get lost in thought or found himself occasionally talking with fellow jurors. Among the topics of conversation: His Scottish mother, whom he said would never have believed he would one day lead the pack of Republican presidential hopefuls; also, Tom Brady’s golf game (“He has a swing like Ernie Els,” Trump said).
When Trump left for lunch, he was greeted by an even bigger crowd of reporters, which court officers told him was the biggest they’d ever seen. Trump, unsurprisingly, replied: “I love records!”
Ultimately, the clerk dismissed Trump and the other 177 potential jurors. It was a slow week and none were called to serve. With jury duty out of the way — at least for another six years — Trump can again focus on his campaign, which continues to dominate the polls, cause ridiculous scenes and inspire great comedy bits like Josh Groban singing his tweets on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Monday night.