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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez misquotes the Constitution while talking about running for president

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez misquotes the Constitution while talking about running for president

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 president, but misquoted the Constitution’s specific qualifications for the high office.

“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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