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Idaho-made pocket Constitutions surge in sales after DNC speech

When Khizr Khan took the stage at the Democratic National Convention last week and whipped out his pocket edition of the U.S. Constitution to chide Donald Trump, it was a boon for an Idaho organization.

“That (was) exciting,” said Dan Sheridan, educator for the National Center for Constitutional Studies, based in Malta. “I was really happy when Mr. Khan raised up the Constitution.”

The $1 pocket Constitution printed by NCCS is a bestselling book on Amazon.com, a fact trumpeted on the nonpartisan center’s website Monday. (It doesn’t look like Khan’s Constitution was printed by the center, though.)

The NCCS 52-page booklet was No. 2 on Amazon Monday afternoon, bested only by “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.” The pocket Constitution earlier claimed the top spot, according to the center’s website.

After Khan’s speech, until Monday night, the NCCS sold about 45,000 copies, which is usually how many copies they sell in an entire week, Sheridan said.

The surge in sales was reported Monday by the Washington Post, which noted that pulling out a pocket copy of the Constitution has been a popular gambit for politicians of both parties since the Watergate hearings in the early 1970s and more recently has been common at Tea Party rallies.

The 52-page booklets with George Washington on the cover are also, unsurprisingly, the No. 1 item offered by the NCCS, according to its website. The second most popular? Bulk orders of 100 of the booklets, $25 to $35 per box depending on how many boxes are ordered.

Sheridan hopes to get even more Americans copies of the Constitution with a campaign to sell 100 million copies within the next year. The document, he said, is one of the best examples of promoting “peace and freedom.”

Khan, whose son died serving this country, drew thunderous applause and social media acclaim at the DNC Thursday when he responded to Trump’s proposed ban on Muslim immigration by pulling out the pamphlet and asking, “Have you even read the United States Constitution? I will gladly lend you my copy.”

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