Vox's Yglesias: 'Ridiculous' it's unconstitutional for Ocasio-Cortez to run for president

Vox co-founder Matthew Yglesias said Wednesday that it's "ridiculous" that it is unconstitutional for incoming Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezProtesters shut down DC intersections to demand shift to renewable energy Sunrise Movement endorses Cuellar primary challenger Democrats rally behind incumbents as Lipinski takes liberal fire MORE (D-N.Y.) to run for president.

"Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the biggest star in the Democratic Party, and she has been ever since she unseated Rep. Joe CrowleyJoseph (Joe) CrowleyOcasio-Cortez endorses challenger to Democrat Lipinski in Illinois race Young insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight Ocasio-Cortez chief of staff to leave her office MORE in a surprise primary upset in May," Yglesias wrote in a column published Wednesday on Vox. 


"That her win didn’t, in the final analysis, launch a wave of leftist primary victories only goes to show what a phenomenon she personally is," he added.

Under the Constitution, presidential candidates must be at least 35 years old. 

"While the law prevents anyone under the age of 35 from becoming president, we currently have a septuagenarian in the White House whose frequent nonsensical diatribes and notoriously scattered Twitter outbursts repeatedly raise the prospect of mental decline," Yglesias wrote. "Meanwhile, the top two Democrats in national polling — Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Health Care — Presented by Better Medicare Alliance — Family planning providers ask court to block Trump abortion rule | Warren under pressure over how to pay for 'Medicare for All' | Juul reportedly facing criminal probe Democratic candidates keep finding fresh ways to throw away our money Sanders contrasts his fashion with Trump's: 'Actually, it is Kohl's' MORE and Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump instructed administration to withhold military aid for Ukraine days before call with president: report More Democrats threaten impeachment over Trump's dealings with Ukraine Seven Freshman Democrats pen op-ed urging Congress to impeach Trump if new allegations are true MORE — are 77 and 76, respectively."

Yglesias argued that Ocasio-Cortez, 29, "isn't that young." 

"People younger than that are routinely trusted with life-and-death situations in a huge array of contexts, ranging from parenting to military service," he wrote.

Yglesias called the constitutional prohibition a "weird lacuna that was handed down to us from the 18th century," claiming that no one "would seriously propose" such a rule today.

"Realistically, most people that young would simply have a hard time winning an election. But if you can pull it off, you should be allowed," he wrote. "And I kind of think she should run for president."

Ocasio-Cortez stunned the political establishment by upsetting 10-term congressman Joseph Crowley in June's Democratic primary. She went on to win New York's 14th Congressional District in November and has quickly become a force to watch in Washington.

John F. Kennedy was the youngest president ever elected at age 43.