U.S. Constitution Becomes Bestseller after Khizr Khan’s DNC Speech

A 52-Page version of the U.S. Constitution has become an overnight bestseller

There are no years like election years, and there has been no election year like this year. The prevalence of politics has invaded almost every arena of daily life, and the world of publishing has certainly not been immune to this phenomenon.

As many have reported, the emotional height of last week’s DNC may have been the moment Khizr Khan — the father of slain U.S. Army Captain Humayun S.M. Khan — reached into a pocket in the left side of his blazer and pulled out a slim copy of our nation’s Constitution. Holding the navy blue pamphlet in the air, he stared down the camera and spoke to the man who’s previously suggested banning Muslims from immigrating to the U.S. should he win our land’s highest office: “I will gladly lend you my copy [of the Constitution]. In this document, look for the words ‘liberty’ and ‘equal protection of law.’”

According to The LA Times, this simple yet indescribably powerful moment at the DNC has sent the American public scrambling to get their hands on copies of pocket-sized U.S. Constitutions:

“As of Monday morning, a 52-page, pamphlet sized version of the document was the No.2 bestselling book on Amazon, second only to the newly released “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.”

Okay, nothing was going to top the new Harry Potter. It’s not like the Constitution is the sequel to a massive fantasy franchise. And yet, 240 years after its composition, there is still something fresh, something evergreen in that opening declaration: “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union…”

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