'The End of Policing' Author Thanks Ted Cruz for Boosting Sales of Book

One of the books which Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) displayed while questioning Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson about the teaching of critical race theory in schools has seen a boost in sales on Amazon.

The End of Policing by Alex Vitale rose to the top of Amazon's Government Social Policy section after Cruz used it and other books to confront President Joe Biden's pick for Supreme Court during Tuesday's hearing.

"Thanks to Ted Cruz, The End of Policing is now the #1 Best Seller in Gov. Social Policy," Vitale tweeted, sharing a screenshot of The End of Policing at the top of the Amazon chart. "Every purchase now comes with a vial of Ted Cruz tears."

Cruz held up The End of Policing, as well as other books such as Critical Race Theory: An Introduction by Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic, and Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi, to question Jackson about the recommended reading lists at Georgetown Day School, where she serves as a member of the board of trustees.

The Texas senator said the books were an example of how the school's curriculum was "filled and overflowing" with critical race theory. While holding up a copy of The End of Policing, Cruz described the book as calling for an "end of policing and advocacy for abolishing police."

According to Amazon's description, Vitale attempts in the book to demonstrate how law enforcement has "come to exacerbate the very problems it is supposed to solve" and argues that modern policing has become a "tool of social control."

In a previous statement, Vitale said he was "honored" to have been included in Cruz's list of critical race theory texts, before adding it seems to be another example of the senator's "intentional confusing of a specific school of legal scholarship and the broader effort to shed light on the nature and history of racism in America."

Vitale added: "I can only hope that the senator's misguided efforts to suppress this history will backfire and inspire a generation of young people to seek out these ideas that are all too often absent in American schools."

New York Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez also criticized Cruz while tweeting an image of him holding the book during Tuesday's hearing.

"When you're showing off the next book you want banned with the perfect edges and everything to underscore to everyone you haven't actually read it," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.

During the hearing, Cruz took particular issue with the illustrated book Antiracist Baby, which argues that babies are "taught to be racist or antiracist—there's no neutrality."

When Cruz asks whether she agrees with the sentiment that babies are "taught to be racist" Jackson took a pause before replying: "I do not believe that any child should be made to feel as though they are racist or though they are not valued or though they are less than, that they are victims, that they are oppressors, I don't believe in any of that."

Jackson later dismissed Cruz's line of questioning about critical race theory, saying the issue does not "come up in my work as a judge, which I am—respectfully—here to address."

Vitale has been contacted for comment.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) holds a copy of "The End of Policing" while questioning U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on critical race theory during her Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill, March 22, 2022 in Washington, D.C. Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images