Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) ‘joked’ that she would run for president during a photoshoot for Politico, severely misquoting the United States Constitution in the process.
Ocasio-Cortez engaging in conversation with her photographer threatened to run for
“You can’t even run for president for another six years,” the photographer told Ocasio-Cortez, who just turned 29 years old.
The Constitution requires the U.S. president be at least 35 years old.
“No, not for a long time. Thank God,” she replied. “Although we’ve been joking that because the Equal Rights Amendment hasn’t been passed yet, the Constitution technically says he cannot run unless he’s 35. … So what we’ll do is we’ll force the Republican Party to pass the Equal Rights Amendment by threatening to run for president.”
“That is awesome. All the people who say a literal interpretation of the Constitution is the only thing you should be paying attention to,” the photographer responded.
“Exactly, all those Constitutionalists, I will keep vigilance,” Ocasio-Cortez snarked.
The Constitution — in Article II, which defines the qualifications for president — But The Constitution does not say “he” as Ocasio-Cortez claimed, it says “any person.”
Here is the exact wording on presidential qualifications:
No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty five years, and been fourteen Years a resident within the United States.
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