On Monday, WND has learned that wholesale retailer giant, Costco, began removing Dinesh D’Souza’s bestselling book “America: Imagine the World Without Her” from their store shelves nationwide. Jerome R. Corsi of WND said that Costco has sold more than 3,600 copies of “America” nationwide, with about 700 copies sold last week as D’Souza’s film by the same name opened at more than 1,000 movie theaters nationwide.
Gerald Molen, an Academy-award winning producer of Schindler’s List, produced D’Souza’s film, “America”, and the film was released last week across the nation. Dinesh D'Souza, the creator of “2016: Obama's America”, takes viewers through a discovery of who built America, in the times in which they lived, bled, and sacrificed in order to build a great nation such as Christopher Columbus, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, and others.
The film also profiles present-day critics and to hear their stories, and lets the audience decide which America the audience believes in and whether America is at the crossroads of hope or disaster. However, it appears that Costco does not want anything to do Dinesh D’Souza’s bestselling book and issued the “pull-order,” requiring all Costco stores nationwide to remove the book, Scott Losse, an inventory control specialist in the book department at the Costco Wholesale corporate office in Issaquah, Wash., which is near Seattle confirmed to WND.
The order is in effect from July 1, 2014 and requires that all copies be removed by no later than July 15, 2014.
Corsi contacted D’Souza for a response and he said, “If true, this would be very odd. 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.”
As news spread that Costco is removing D’Souza’s book, consumers took to Costco’s official Facebook page to express their outrage.
As one Costco shopper said, “If you don't put D'Souza's book back on your shelves, I may take my money to Sam's Club instead. This explains why I have not seen any conservative audio-books in Costco since Mark Levin's "Liberty and Tyranny" several years ago, even though conservative books have been regularly outselling progressive ones in the past few years.”
“This is incredibly disappointing and shortsighted on your part. Honor your customers or we will vote with our feet.”
Costco co-founder and director James D. Sinegal spoke at the Democratic National Convention in 2012, fully supported President Obama and generated controversy in 2012 when Costco appeared to be making a large dividend payment by the end of December 2012 to help shareholders beat upcoming Obama tax increases in 2013.
Peter J Reilly of Forbes said concerning the large dividend payment, “By supporting President Obama, Mr. Sinegal was, in effect, supporting higher taxes and now he supported a tax planning maneuver to avoid some of the tax for himself and his fellow shareholders for the next year or two.”
Costco's management has not yet responded to the hundreds of angered consumer shoppers on its Facebook page on the removal of D'Souza's book.
Update: An employee of Costco responded to the Paulding County Republican Examiner with the following statement:
"Costco does not make purchasing decisions based on personal or political leanings. Each item we carry must meet sales thresholds in order for us to continue to stock them. We purchased this item with the best intentions when it came out on June 2nd, unfortunately it was not meeting the necessary thresholds and was a part of our normal weekly returns effective July 1, 2014."