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Costco angers many, sparks boycott after yanking 'America’ from shelves

Costco Wholesale angers many after pulling Dinesh D'Souza's "America"
Costco Wholesale angers many after pulling Dinesh D'Souza's "America"
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On Monday, WND's Jerome Corsi reported that Costco Wholesale, the second-largest retailer in the country, decided to pull all copies of Dinesh D'Souza's best-selling book, "America: Imagine a World Without Her," from its shelves. The move sparked anger from a number of people who let Costco know in no uncertain terms that they would no longer do business with the company.

"GOODBYE COSTCO," one person said on the company's Facebook page Tuesday morning. "To me, your company is UN-AMERICAN."

"This is America and you have the right to conduct your business as YOU see fit," another person added. "I the CONSUMER have the right to shop where I see fit. I WILL NOT be shopping at Costco anymore. Yeah, that's at least 300 dollars a month you will not be seeing. Let Freedom Ring."

"Costco Members: Don't simply stop shopping there. Call and ask for a refund of your membership," said another visitor to the page.

As of this writing, not one comment could be found supporting the move. Corsi said Costco's actions caught D'Souza by surprise.

“If true, this would be very odd,” D’Souza said. “We’re in the process of finding out what’s happening. I look forward to getting to the bottom of this and continuing the strong relationship my publisher and I have always had with Costco and their millions of shoppers.”

According to Corsi, Scott Losse, an inventory control specialist in the book department at the company's Issaquah, Wash., corporate offices, confirmed that Costco issued the pull order. By July 15, all copies of the book will be gone from the store.

"At, D’Souza’s book, released June 2, is ranked No. 43 overall and is the No. 3 hardcover book in Amazon’s Politics and Government section and No. 1 in the Commentary and Opinion subsection of Politics and Government," Corsi said. Costco has sold 3,600 copies of the book nationwide.

For many, the move smacks of politics, as Costco is known to support the Obama administration. In January, the Washington Post's Jaime Fuller noted the "romance" between Costco and Barack Obama.

"Costco founder Jim Sinegal is a vocal supporter of Democratic politicians. His company gave more than $20 million during the 2012 election cycle (mostly supporting issues and politicians in Washington state). Over the course of Obama’s presidential career, Costco has given $100,000 to him and another $100,000 to Priorities USA, the pro-Obama super PAC," he wrote.

Sinegal even addressed the 2012 Democratic National Convention, where Obama was lauded as "prophesy fulfilled." As Corsi observed, D'Souza's book is highly critical of the Obama administration.

As a result, a movement to boycott Costco has begun. One Facebook page just started had only 300 likes as of this writing, but a number of people told the company they would no longer shop there.

The Blaze said in an update that Costco told one customer that it does not make decisions based on politics. According to the note reportedly sent by Costco, the company had "the best intentions" when the book came out on June 2, but the book did not meet their sales thresholds.

Update: Costco has said it will return the book to its shelves. More, with video, here.

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