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Yale's Most Intrepid Newspaper Sure Isn't Endorsing Hillary Clinton, Nope, No Way

The Yale Record is dishing out the highfalutin LOLs.
10/27/2016 12:49 PM ET
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Updated Jan 10, 2017

The Yale Record isn’t endorsing Hillary Clinton ― especially if the tax man is watching.

It never would have, either. The Record is the oldest humor magazine in the world, and it has never endorsed a candidate.

But editors weren’t afraid to take a dig at the the Yale Daily News’ endorsement of Clinton, which reportedly violated tax law. Tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations aren’t supposed to endorse candidates. The News released a canned statement when asked about the offense.

The Record, meanwhile, had a few laughs at the News’ expense, while essentially endorsing Clinton as well:

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.

In particular, we do not endorse Hillary Clinton’s exemplary leadership during her 30 years in the public eye. 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, nor do we encourage all citizens to shatter the glass ceiling once and for all by electing Secretary Clinton on November 8.

It’s a funny take on an interesting transgression. The News likely won’t get more than a slap on the wrist, as it has endorsed candidates several times before. But the paper’s editorial board sure didn’t pull any punches:

We do not endorse Clinton solely because of the disqualifying flaws of her opponent, Donald Trump, whose campaign has disgusted and astonished our board. Indeed, our endorsement of Clinton should come as no surprise: A recent survey conducted by the News found that a vast majority of students support her candidacy. We endorse her because we, as young people, recognize this election is a turning point for our country. And the choice couldn’t be more clear.

David Shimer, the News’ editor-in-chief, was a policy intern for Hillary for America, the Daily Caller reports. The paper says he recused himself from the endorsement decision.