The 2016 presidential election continues to make history. On Wednesday, The Atlantic magazine took the historic step of endorsing a senior citizen for president for the first time in its history. The magazine was founded in 1857.
— CNNMoney (@CNNMoney) October 6, 2016
As it turns out, the storied journalistic institution has only endorsed three candidates for president: Abraham Lincoln in 1860, Lyndon Johnson in 1964, and now Hillary Clinton in 2016.
Of those three politicians, only Hillary Clinton, who will turn 69 later this month, can be accurately described as “elderly.” Abraham Lincoln was 51 years old when he ran for president in 1860; Lyndon Johnson was 56 years old in 1964.
The Atlantic is not taking this historic decision lightly, as evidenced by the epic introduction to the endorsement:
In October of 1860, James Russell Lowell, the founding editor of The Atlantic, warned in these pages about the perishability of the great American democratic experiment if citizens (at the time, white, male citizens) were to cease taking seriously their franchise:
It’s too long to read, but it presumably goes on to talk about why they finally decided to stray from the magazine’s nearly 160-year record of endorsing younger candidates.
Woke celebs like Chance the Rapper took to social media to praise The Atlantic for its bravery.
Yo @TheAtlantic 💯
— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) October 5, 2016
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