The Yale Record, the oldest college humor publication on the planet, published an editorial on Wednesday specifically not endorsing Sec. Hillary Clinton.
‘In particular, we do not endorse Hillary Clinton’s exemplary leadership during her 30 years in the public eye.’
As both a humor magazine and a tax-exempt 501(c) organization, the Yale Record has had a long history of not making any political endorsements. In fact, legally it cannot, and in a recent editorial, the editors let their readers know that that is exactly the reason they are not making an endorsement this year.
‘In fact, we have never endorsed any candidate for president. This is, in part, due to our strong commitment to being a tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization, which mandates that we are “absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office.’
The 2016 Presidential Election seems to have changed everything. For the first time in history, we face a presidential nominee with absolutely no qualifications whatsoever, one whom many seasoned governmental officials in areas of national security, economy, and public policy are denouncing as dangerous. So, what’s a poor little college rag to do? If it wants to keep its non-profit status, it certainly and unequivocally does not endorse a political candidate. And it does not endorse a candidate in the best way ever:
‘This year’s presidential election is highly unusual, but ultimately no different: The Yale Record believes both candidates to be equally un-endorsable, due to our faithful compliance with the tax code.’
The Yale Record then went on to share its reason for not endorsing the Democratic presidential candidate over the amateur politician, Republican Donald Trump.
‘We do not support her impressive commitment to serving and improving this country—a commitment to which she has dedicated her entire professional career. Because of unambiguous tax law, we do not encourage you to support the most qualified presidential candidate in modern American history.’
The Yale Record then goes on to specifically not encourage voters to put the first woman into the American White House:
‘Nor do we encourage all citizens to shatter the glass ceiling once and for all by electing Secretary Clinton on November 8.’
‘The Yale Record has no opinion whatsoever on Dr. Jill Stein.’
— The Yale Record (@theyalerecord) October 27, 2016
The non-endorsement has gone viral, and the ever-clever denizens of Twitter have already responded:
Wonderful that the nonendorsement did not even mention #Voldemort by name.
— Resist w Poetry (@KettlesP) October 27, 2016
The average trump supporter thinks 'Yale' is something you do at your spouse when they drink the last Pabst.
— #WhitakerMustRecuse (@SardonicallyBB) October 27, 2016
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