A Pocket Constitution Is Now Rivaling Harry Potter Sales On Amazon, But There’s A Catch
There’s something unusual about this particular edition
In the aftermath of Khizr Khan’s moving speech at the Democratic National Convention last week, Donald Trump defensively lashed out and right-wing conservatives jumped to his defense. But it seems like they might be doing a bit more than attacking families who’ve lost loved ones to the war in Iraq. By the looks of Amazon’s bestseller list, it appears they’re rushing to buy pocket editions of the U.S. Constitution as well.
If you recall, Khizr Khan called out Donald Trump for misconstruing the constitution for his own purposes when he said in his speech last week, “Let me ask you: have you even read the United States Constitution? I will gladly lend you my copy.” He pulled out his own pocket edition, consecrating the moment as one of the most memorable from the convention.
But before you get too excited by the thought of people actually taking Khan’s advice and reading the U.S. Constitution, there’s something you should know about the particular edition topping the charts. Its publisher, the National Center for Constitutional Studies, is an ultra-right-wing Mormon group that preaches an alternative version of the founding documents. Filled with annotations and opinionated notes by conspiracy theorist W. Cleon Skousen, this pocket edition has inspired readers like Ammon Bundy, the guy who organized an armed takeover of an Oregon wildlife refuge this past winter.
While no one has a clear answer as to why shoppers are pouncing to buy this ultra-conservative, ultra-convoluted edition of the constitution, there are at least some easier answers for the third spot on the bestseller list--Doonesbury is just plain funny.