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Children’s book attacked by Ted Cruz during Jackson confirmation hearing rockets to bestseller list

During his questioning of Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson this Tuesday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) took aim at Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s book, “Anti-Racist Baby,” claiming that the book teaches children to be racist.

“Do you agree … that babies are racist?” Cruz asked Jackson, who replied that she’s not familiar with the book.

But as HuffPost points out, Cruz’s attempts to tie to book to Critical Race Theory (CRT) apparently sparked more interest in the book.

As of this Tuesday night, the book is now one of the bestselling children’s books on Amazon in multiple categories, according to HuffPost.

“Antiracist Baby” is also currently Amazon’s No. 1 bestselling children’s book under the category of “difficult discussions,” the No. 6 bestselling children’s book under the category of “growing up & fact of life,” and the No. 15 bestselling book out of all children’s books globally.

Under the category of bestselling children’s books in the United States, “Antiracist Baby” is currently ranked Amazon’s No. 1, No. 2, and No. 4 bestselling book.

HuffPost points out that it’s possible that the book was a bestseller before Cruz’s rant, but his putting it in the public eye during the hearing likely gave it another boost.

“The Amazon Best Sellers calculation is based on Amazon sales, and is updated hourly to reflect recent and historical sales of every item sold on Amazon,” reads the website’s explanation of how it ranks its bestsellers. “We created category and subcategory best seller lists to highlight an item’s rank in the categories or subcategories where it really stands out.”

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