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Sales of March Soar After Donald Trump Insults John Lewis

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Sales of March Soar After Donald Trump Insults John Lewis

Sales of the “March” trilogy, the award-winning graphic memoir of Rep. John Lewis’ history with the civil rights movement, skyrocketed after President-Elect Donald Trump said the congressman was “all talk, talk, talk — no action or results.”

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The three-volume edition, by Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, experienced a staggering 106,700 percent increase in sales Saturday on Amazon following Trump’s tweet storm. Now temporarily sold out on Amazon, the “March” Trilogy Slipcase Set holds the No. 1 spot at the online retail giant, followed by Lewis’ 2015 biography, “Walking With the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement” (also  out of stock) at No. 2, and “March” Vol. 1 at No. 5.

The president-elect lashed out Saturday morning following the release of a clip from an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” in which Lewis said he doesn’t believe Trump is “legitimate president,” citing Russian interference in the 2016 election.

 

Although Trump’s remarks were swiftly and widely condemned, he doubled down on them hours later in a third tweet:

 


 

A Democrat, Lewis has represented Georgia’s 5th Congressional District (which includes parts of Atlanta), for 30 years. One of the key organizers of the 1963 March on Washington, he’s a longtime civil-rights activist who participated in the Freedom Rides, and helped to organize sit-ins, bus boycotts and non-violent protests. Lewis, one of the leaders of the 1965 Selma to Montgomery marches, suffered a fractured skull when Alabama State Troopers began beating protestors with night sticks.

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Debuting in 2013 from Top Shelf, the “March” trilogy has earned widespread praise and awards, including an Author Honor from the American Library Association’s Coretta Scott King Book Awards, an Eisner Award, and in a pair of firsts for a graphic novel, a Robert F. Kennedy Award and a National Book Award.

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