Yale's Magazine Didn't Endorse Hillary Clinton but Did Something Even Better
The editorial board of Yale's historical humor magazine, The Yale Record, pretty much endorsed Hillary Clinton for president . . . by insisting that they are definitely not endorsing her.
On Oct. 26, the editorial board published a letter explaining that the magazine has never made a political endorsement in its 144-year history. In keeping with tradition, it said would not officially support Clinton, all the while listing her many accomplishments.
In its 144-year history, The Yale Record has never endorsed a Democratic candidate for president. 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."
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.
The Yale Record has no opinion whatsoever on Dr. Jill Stein.
The hilarious nonendorsement endorsement is pretty much the equivalent of a winky face and is going viral on Twitter. It ended with a vague nod at Green Party candidate Jill Stein, but the best part? There was absolutely no mention of Donald Trump.