A CON­STI­TU­TIONAL SURGE

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

Since Pres­i­dent Trump took of­fice, sales of the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion have never been higher. Pop­u­lar printed ver­sions of the found­ing doc­u­ment have risen by dou­ble dig­its since 2016, ac­cord­ing to The NPD Group, a global com­pany that tracks sales of books and other prod­ucts.

“Re­gard­less of your po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tion, there is no doubt that our cur­rent po­lit­i­cal cli­mate has done won­ders for con­sti­tu­tional en­gage­ment,” said Kris­ten McLean, books in­dus­try an­a­lyst for NPD Bookscan.

Some 275,000 print edi­tions of the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion were sold in 2016, the year Mr. Trump was elected pres­i­dent, which is the great­est num­ber of sales since NPD be­gan track­ing the mar­ket in 2004. Av­er­age monthly sales of the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion have in­creased 60% in the Trump era, with an av­er­age of 19,800 copies sold each month dur­ing his first 33 months in of­fice. By way of com­par­i­son, the monthly av­er­age was 7,500 in Barack Obama’s first term and 5,600 in Ge­orge W. Bush’s sec­ond term.

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