Anyone looking to get a free pocket-sized copy of the U.S. Constitution will now be able to find one, and it’s all thanks to Khizr Khan.
The surprise star of last week’s Democratic National Convention, Khan delivered a blistering indictment of Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim immigration policy. The father of a U.S. Army captain killed in 2004 in Iraq, Khan held a pocket-sized copy of the U.S. Constitution that he keeps with him and asked Trump rhetorically if he had ever read it.
“Donald Trump, you’re asking Americans to trust you with their future,” Khan said, with his wife by his side and a picture of his dead son displayed behind them. “Let me ask you: Have you even read the United States Constitution?”
It made for one of the most powerful moments of the entire convention, leading to an extended battle between Trump and the Khan family that has delivered a serious blow to the Republican candidate’s standing in the polls.
But Khan’s speech has also led to a huge boost in popularity for the pocket-sized U.S. Constitution, making it the top-selling book on Amazon tied with the newest Harry Potter book.
— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) August 1, 2016
The version flying off the shelves on Amazon runs only $1, but those who want to get a free copy of the U.S. Constitution will now be able to do so thanks to Khan. The American Civil Liberties Union normally sells the founding document for $5 but will be offering copies for free from now until Election Day.
The move was inspired by Khizr Khan’s speech and the attention it brought to the U.S. Constitution.
“I was watching the D.N.C. and saw Mr. Khan’s speech and was extremely moved by it,” Lorraine Kenny, the ACLU’s head of marketing, told the New York Times. “I thought, ‘We have to do something with this.'”
The speech itself was one of the most-talked-about moments in the convention, with Khan’s name as the top trending term on Twitter in the hour after it completed. Attention also turned to the copy of the U.S. Constitution he held, with thousands of people searching Google for how they can find their own copy.
Donald Trump’s response to Khizr Khan has kept attention on the issue. Although many political advisers cautioned against getting into a spat with the parents of a dead service member — especially one who died protecting his fellow troops from a suicide bomber — Trump has continued to battle it out with the Khans.
“While I feel deeply for the loss of his son, Mr. Khan who has never met me, has no right to stand in front of millions of people and claim I have never read the Constitution, (which is false) and say many other inaccurate things,” he said in a statement titled “Setting the record straight.”
— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 1, 2016
The feud between the two sides escalated, with Trump suggesting that Khan’s wife was not allowed to speak and both of Khan’s parents continuing to rip into Trump. This has led to a rift within the Republican Party, with a number of individuals and groups condemning Trump’s actions.
“In recent days, Donald Trump disparaged a fallen soldier’s parents,” Arizona Senator John McCain said (via the Washington Post). “He has suggested that the likes of their son should not be allowed in the United States — to say nothing of entering its service. I cannot emphasize enough how deeply I disagree with Mr. Trump’s statement. I hope Americans understand that the remarks do not represent the views of our Republican Party, its officers, or candidates.”
Those who want to find a free pocket-sized copy of the U.S. Constitution can click here to order it through the ACLU with the code POCKETRIGHTS. Due to the overwhelming demand, the organization noted that it is taking two weeks for orders to ship.
[Photo by J. Scott Applewhite/AP Images]