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-CortezOn The Money: Senate passes disaster aid bill after deal with Trump | Trump to offer B aid package for farmers | House votes to boost retirement savings | Study says new tariffs to double costs for consumers Murkowski celebrates birthday with electric scooter ride Warren, Ocasio-Cortez press Mnuchin on role in Sears bankruptcy 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) CrowleyK Street giants scoop up coveted ex-lawmakers Pelosi, Clinton among attendees at memorial reception for Ellen Tauscher Dems walk Trump trade tightrope MORE in a surprise primary upset in May," Yglesias wrote in a column published Wednesday on Vox. 

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"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 Sanders2020 Democrats join striking McDonald's workers Billionaire's M gift to Morehouse grads points way to student debt solution Poll: Nearly half of Clinton's former supporters back Biden MORE and Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Castro swears off donations from oil, gas, coal executives Meghan McCain on Pelosi-Trump feud: 'Put this crap aside' and 'work together for America' 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.