Costco reverses course on ‘America’


BIG SUPPORTER: Costco is a supporter of President Barack Obama, who is seen here during a Janauary appearance greeting audience members at Costco’s Landham, Md., store.

By Melissa Genson |

After just48 hours, Costco Wholesale reversed their order to pull Dinesh D’Souza’s book “America: Imagine a World Without Her” from stores.

Costco’s corporate headquarters had sent an email to stores on Monday to pull D’Souza’s book.

The email stated that D’Souza’s book was being pulled because of poor sales.

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D’Souza responded to Costco’s initial order to remove his book:

In a free society, Costco is free to ban my book, but their customers are also free to shop at other stores which don’t censor books. In the book and the movie, I talk about the shaming of Americans and a culture of intimidation and censorship that has been spearheaded by the President himself. It’s one thing for Costco executives to pal around with President Obama and donate almost exclusively to Democrats. But to turn their company into a tool for suppressing dissent against the government is another matter.

A public outcry immediately followed Costco’s decision. A Facebook page was quickly started to protest Costco’s action. D’Souza had posted on that page.

Costco’s corporate headquarters is in upscale Issaquah, just east of Seattle. The first Costco opened in Seattle in 1983.

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