RUSH: Here is Laura in Keene, California, as we start on the phones today. Welcome, and great to have you here. Hello.
CALLER: Oh, thank you so much for taking my call. This is such a thrill for me.
RUSH: Well, thank you. Thank you very much. I appreciate that.
CALLER: Well, I was calling in regards to Dinesh D'Souza's book being pulled from Costco.
CALLER: I've been calling, if you look at their Facebook page they're getting hit hard with a lot of unhappy patrons. And I've also contacted their corporate office and they said they are supposed to be making a statement sometime very soon in regards to the feedback that they're getting. But I was curious about something because about two weeks ago I went down to purchase your book for my nieces and nephews and it wasn't there. And I know I've seen it there before, so I looked and I looked, I thought, "Well, maybe they're out." I came back later and looked again and it wasn't there. So when I heard about Dinesh D'Souza's book being pulled, I was curious if yours was.
RUSH: You're talking about at Costco?
CALLER: At Costco, yes.
RUSH: Well, this is the first I've heard. You're the first person to tell me --
RUSH: -- that they haven't been able to find -- (crosstalk)
CALLER: -- order it from Amazon.
RUSH: Pardon me? What was that?
CALLER: I finally ordered it from Amazon.
RUSH: Well, see, that's what you should do.
RUSH: I'm gonna tell you something, if you can't find Dinesh D'Souza's book at Costco, you know what I would do? Honestly, now. I wouldn't worry. I wouldn't take the time to call Costco or write 'em a letter or any of that. I'd just go out and see the movie and buy the book somewhere else. That's the best thing you could do. If you want to send them a letter, go ahead and do it, but it isn't gonna change this guy's mind. They're gonna get your letter and they're gonna laugh at you and they're gonna take great pleasure at how upset you are.
CALLER: Do you think? Because I know I fought all morning long to get through to their corporate office and it rang busy, busy, busy, and finally I got through, and I was on hold, and I got through to a rep, and they're getting hit hard with this. And if you look their Facebook page, like I said, you know, they're getting a lot of negative feedback.
RUSH: Oh, I'm sure they are. I'm sure they're being pummeled. I'm sure they're being beaten up. I'm sure their phones are ringing off the hook, as it should be. I don't know what their reaction is gonna be. I don't frankly care. You know, if I were D'Souza, I'd say, "Good, I wouldn't want my book sold in your establishment in the first place." Just go out and buy it someplace else and then go see the movie. That's the way you get back at these people.
This guy, here's the thing about this, Laura. This guy, this Costco Democrat loyalist has done more to spread the word and inform people that this book even exists than the best PR campaign paid for by money could do. This guy has done more to sell the book than he could have if he just shut up and left it alone in the stores. He has created more attention for this book than otherwise would have happened. So use it and go buy it, like you did, at Amazon. Go see the movie and then learn and admit who these people actually are. They tell you every day.
RUSH: Now, Costco. Costco has responded at least initially to all of the disgust they are hearing from people, having pulled Dinesh D'Souza's book America, and they're saying at Costco (paraphrased), "There's nothing political about this. We pulled it because it's not selling, and we only sell best-sellers here. We only put out books that are on the New York Times list. We don't stock a bunch of garbage here that doesn't sell."
Those are my words that I'm putting in their mouths, but that's basically their excuse, that the book isn't selling. Now, the book is gonna open on the July 13th New York Times list. It's gonna be on the list. It would satisfy the Costco requirement as stated by one of their executives today. They also, it seems, didn't know at the time they agreed to stock the book that there was a movie that supports and is in conjunction with the book.
Apparently it's the fact that there's a movie attached to this that really set them off at Costco. Now, if they were just interested in selling product, they would say, "Wow, a movie to support the book? Wow, this thing could be a big seller!" But it is political. And, for crying out loud, this guy, Sinegal (who's one of the co-founders of Costco), again, is a multi-hundred thousand-dollar donor to the Democrats. He's an Obama sycophant.
He has spoken at the Democrat National Convention. Does anybody remember...? This guy's name is Jim Sinegal. He issued an earlier and bigger dividend for Costco December 2012 to beat the new Obama taxes. Do you think anybody will bring that up? In my show prep and research, when I found out this had happened, I said, "I have to find out who this guy is."
Much like any other hypocritical liberal, when it comes time to support a tax increase on everybody, they're right in there do it, but they take advantage of every opportunity they can to escape it. That's what this guy Sinegal did. He issued a bigger and earlier-than-usual dividend for Costco stockholders, December 2012, to beat new Obama taxes. I'll bet you this guy was out giving speeches or at least appearing at fundraisers supporting Obama's tax increases.
But when it came to his own company, he used a gimmick to avoid paying the very same tax increases that he's out there publicly supporting. So that's the latest. Look, my guess is... Remember, I know these people. My guess is that you're gonna have a number of different reactions inside the Costco executive suite. Remember where they are. They're in Seattle. They are in a protected liberal enclave.
They are shut off from the majority of the rest of the world. Snerdley used to live there. He can tell you about it. The Hutch often described it for me. I guarantee you that some of them are literally shocked at the number of complaints they're getting. I guarantee you they did this expecting that they were gonna get unanimous nationwide support and applause. They thought they'd get accolades from everywhere -- and they probably are getting some.
But they are receiving complaints the likes of which Costco has never seen before, guaranteed, because there are far many more of you than there are people who are going to shout accolades at them. The people that would give them accolades are the kind of people that have to go on Twitter and Facebook and use all kinds of tricks to make themselves look like hundreds of thousands of people when it's really only five or 10.
I guarantee you that happens.
So they're sitting there at Costco and they're getting all these complaints, and some of them inside the executive suite are gonna be laughing and happy about it, that you're so upset. They're gonna be slapping each other on the back, and they're gonna be applauding each other. They're gonna love the fact that you don't like it. But then some of them are gonna say, "Wait a minute. These are our customers.
"Wait, we ought not be so happy that we're ticking off our customers." So that would lead to a statement, "Wait a minute, this isn't political. Don't say that! No, no, no. We just pulled the book because it's a loser sales-wise." There are gonna be some inside there in the executive suite who are gonna say, "You know, we've got a problem here. We have never, ever in our corporate history angered so many customers like this before.
"We've never done this."
They're going to be worried about what it means, and the battle inside the executive suite is going to be between the leftists who delight in people like you and me being ticked off and angry and so forth -- and they do. They get a big charge. It's one of the primary motivations they have for being who they are and doing what they do. Then there's gonna be another group of leftists who are gonna be very concerned about what it means economically for the company.
There are not gonna be as many as the former. I don't care if it's a public company or not. This guy, this co-founder at Costco, he's every bit as identified with this as the family and the people that own Hobby Lobby. Costco's a corporation, right? But yet this guy probably is credited as being a person, and he cares.
Costco, you remember my example from a couple of weeks, Costco supporting a government sponsored raise in the minimum wage? Remember that example I gave you about crony capitalism and how corporations today sidle up to government to wipe out competitors rather than actually beat them in the marketplace? I cited Walmart as agreeing with Obamacare, despite increasing costs, because they can afford it, their competitors can't. So Walmart might not be all that upset if Obamacare puts some competitors out of business.
Same token, Costco. Costco comes along and openly supports a massive increase in the minimum wage. They can afford it. They are tight with Obama. They want Obama to succeed. They share Obama's worldview. And don't ask me to explain how a capitalist oriented company that's interested in selling stuff and is very profit oriented, how in the world they can sidle up and be a close friend of a guy like Obama, I don't pretend to understand it intellectually. It's an emotional relationship. It's a religious relationship. Liberalism is a religion. But at the same time the Costco people openly support a massive increase in the minimum wage because they know their competitors can't afford it.
So rather than compete in the marketplace and offer better prices, better products, services, what have you, you just sign on with government and let the government put your competitors out of business, or let the government end up supporting policies that harm your competitors. It's all in the nature of competition, but it is not free market competition. It's crony socialism, crony capitalism.
So I don't know how it's gonna end up. I don't know how they can reverse themselves on this. Stranger things have happened. But in the process, what they've done is succeeded in calling much more attention to D'Souza's book and they're probably going to generate a lot more sales for D'Souza's book. And they're probably gonna generate a lot more movie goers. Whenever you ban something like this, a lot of low-information people say, "Well, what's so bad about this?" They get curious. They want to go find out, "Why can't this be sold? What's so bad?" Then they go see it, scratching their heads, not able to figure it out 'cause there's nothing prurient about this. So all in all, it could end up being a net positive for the book.
RUSH: You know, moviegoers today still get to grade movies that they see in theaters. If you live in or around some of the bigger cities in the country, you may get somebody approaching you as you leave the theater. They got a clipboard and they ask you to give the movie that you just saw a grade, like in school, an A, B, C+, whatever. A company doing this asks you just as you are leaving the theater, while it's fresh in your mind and whatever emotional experience you've had is right at the top of your mind. Now, the company that does this, that collects these grades is called CinemaScope.
In the last 29 years, while they have been taking post-movie surveys, only 52 movies have gotten an A+, in the last 29 years. So that's not even two a year. Only 52 movies have gotten an A+. Titanic was one. The King's Speech was another. Did you see that movie? Colin Firth is the stuttering King George, the father of the current queen. Driving Miss Daisy got an A+. Forrest Gump got an A+. (interruption) What is so funny about Driving Miss Daisy getting an A+? Oh, yeah, our parody, Driving Miss Nancy. Dances with Wolves got an A+. Schindler's List got an A+. Gandhi got an A+.
The machete movies did not. It's where Obama is today. He's fundraising for the director of the machete movies.
Now, this past weekend another movie got an A+. And that movie is America, by Dinesh D'Souza. So Dinesh D'Souza, his movie America, is one of the 52 movies in the last 29 years to get an A+ by actual moviegoers surveyed leaving the theater. Martha Raddatz
was on the ABC Sunday show this weekend talking about the movie, and she said, paraphrasing, "You know, I saw this movie... I don't know, you know, but I think everybody should see it. It's really -- I think everybody should see it." It's clearly presented a perspective that she as a journalist found entirely foreign, which is sad, but she was still moved by it and recommend that everybody see it.
It's a movie that posits the notion that America's history is being replaced by another version. The moviemakers feature a half a dozen outspoken people that would tell you everything we've done wrong as a nation. In fact, that's how it opens. You might say, "What am I doing here? I don't want to hear this." Stick with it, folks. And then the movie defines what makes our nation so special, the idea of America. The notion that this nation's creation is one-of-a-kind, built entirely upon man's freedoms, unique in world history and what makes our nation great. And then asks, what would the world be like without America?
Audiences stand up and cheer. Some audiences feel compelled to sing the National Anthem at the end of it. It's no wonder it's getting an A+ from those who see it. Find America: Imagine the World Without Her in a theater near you this week. It's building the number of theaters as the weeks go by. It has the same trajectory as its predecessor, 2016, the first Dinesh D'Souza movie. It started out in a small number theaters and then just grew by word-of-mouth, and the same thing is happening here. America: Imagine the World Without Her. It'll be at a theater near you. See it.