Remember when Tea Party participants were mocked for carrying copies of the Constitution?

In 2010, The Hill reported:

Demand for copies of the U.S. Constitution is skyrocketing.

The increased interest comes amid the rise of the Tea Party movement and as both parties cite the Constitution to advance their agendas.

The pocket edition of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence ranked 10th on the Government Printing Office’s (GPO) best-seller list in March.

Since September 2009, the GPO has sold more than 8,700 copies of the pocket Constitution to the public, according to GPO spokesman Gary Somerset. That is a higher sell rate than in recent years.

Those sales are in addition to the thousands of copies given to members of Congress each year. Congress authorized a resolution in 2009 to print 441,000 copies for the use of the House (1,000 for each member) and 100,000 copies for the Senate (1,000 for each senator).

The Heritage Foundation and the Cato Institute, which keep statistics on the Constitution, also say that requests for the historical document are on the rise.

When the Constitution was just for Tea Party patriots, it was called an old and confusing by liberal journalists like Ezra Klein:

The Washington Post’s Ezra Klein appeared on MSNBC’s Daily Rundown, Thursday, to mock the incoming Republicans for their stated fixation on the Constitution, asserting that the document is rather old and “confusing.” MSNBC’s Norah O’Donnell dismissed the GOP effort as “lip service” and wondered if it was a “gimmick.”

After playing clips of Republicans claiming they would reject legislation that couldn’t be justified constitutionally, Klein complained, “The issue of the Constitution is that the text is confusing because it was written more than 100 years ago and what people believe it says differs from person to person and differs depending on what they want to get done.”

College administrators were happy to shred copies of the Constitution when asked:

Now liberals have discovered the Constitution in it’s full breadth (not just the imagined *abortion* part) because Trump. After the Trump-Khan feud, liberals began to embrace handing out pocket Constitutions:

The American Civil Liberties Union has started giving away pocket versions of the U.S. Constitution after the father of a fallen American soldier offered Donald Trump his copy during his speech at the Democratic National Convention.

On Friday, the group announced that miniature pamphlets of the United States’ guiding framework would be available for free until Election Day on Nov. 8.

The ACLU also started a movement to have liberals take an oath, on Inauguration Day, to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution, with political statements after that oath:

Hollywood star Debra Messing took the oath and posted it on Twitter:

So did other celebrities (see the wall-of-us Twitter account which is posting them).

And the cast of Hamilton:

Of course, just a couple of years ago, taking such an oath publicly would have been career death in Hollywood, or Broadway:


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