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-CortezIllinois GOP group shares, then deletes meme labeling minority congresswomen 'Jihad Squad' Trump's calculated climate of fear Two Democrats vow to press forward on Trump impeachment 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) CrowleyBoehner won't say whether he'd back Biden over Trump Poll shows congresswomen attacked by Trump with weak favorability ratings Ocasio-Cortez gets new Republican challenger: report 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 SandersBullock: I would not have endorsed health care for undocumented immigrants on debate stage Harris faces pressure to define policy proposals Biden campaign rips 'Medicare for All,' calls on Dems to protect Affordable Care Act MORE and Joe BidenJoe BidenHarris faces pressure to define policy proposals Biden campaign rips 'Medicare for All,' calls on Dems to protect Affordable Care Act Harris voices support for Puerto Rico protesters: 'I stand with them' 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.