Sales of copies of U.S. Constitution topped 1 million during Trump years

Sales of copies of U.S. Constitution topped 1 million during Trump years

1/23/2021 11:48:00 PM

Sales of copies of U.S. Constitution topped 1 million during Trump years

Along with dystopian novels and White House tell-alls, the U.S. Constitution was a bestseller during Donald Trump's presidency.

More CoverageTributes and memories: ‘A masterful interviewer and storyteller’According to NPD BookScan, which tracks around 85% of the print market, more than 1 million copies of the Constitution in various editions have sold since Trump took office, compared with around 600,000 during the second term of President Obama. The spike began in 2016 when Trump became the Republican candidate for president: Sales more than doubled from the year before, from 114,000 copies to 275,000, and were nearly four times higher than in Obama’s first year in office, 2009.

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A chart shared by BookScan with the Associated Press shows several moments in the Trump presidency that coincided with increased sales of the Constitution: when he formally accepted the Republican nomination, in July 2016; his inauguration in January 2017; the hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh in September 2018; and the formal launch by the House of Representatives, in September 2019, of an impeachment inquiry into Trump’s alleged efforts to pressure Ukraine’s president into investigating Biden.

The sales are especially notable because the Constitution can be read ordownloaded for free, including from the U.S. government. A pocket edition of the Constitution, published by an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing, has been in the top 20 on for days since Jan. 6, and on Wednesday was listed as out of stock until early next week.

AdvertisementSanford V. Levinson, a professor at the University of Texas Law School, found it likely the public was responding in part to the president’s own seeming lack of familiarity with the Constitution, citing Trump’s campaign promise to protect a nonexistent “Article XII.”

UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh, who says he has free copies on hand, expressed surprise that so many people would choose to buy the Constitution instead. He wondered if one factor was the kinds of Constitutional questions that Trump helped raise. Read more: Los Angeles Times »

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Just write your congressman or Senator and they will send you one for free. Reading of said Constitution declined by hundreds of thousands. Wonder if Trump ever read it? Those ppl need to read it, if they can ! Pretty sure DT didn’t purchase one. Wonder how many read it? Feels like an excellent protest sign for the impeachment trial. I know at least 81 million people who are deeply outraged by an attempt to overthrow our votes, democracy & ultimately our very republic!!

You can literally print it online for free Think of all the royalties Jefferson could have had if he hadn't taken that vacation in France It makes sense as his base had never read it before 🤷‍♀️😂

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Too bad reading it didn’t. 💀 Yeah.. well they should F’N READ IT! The US Constitution is for sale❓ Too bad the halfheads still don't understand it nor critical think about it. The same crowd probably fuels bible sales. And yet, none of them has read either one. So did toilet paper, so what’s your point? And no one wearing a red hat bought one.

And very few actually read it .....and? Why ? When they could go online take a screen shot

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You can't just Google it for free? That’s because no one ever bothered to read it. Too bad trump didn’t read or follow it.

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