Aly Raisman the future politician? Don't rule it out.
After two-time Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman accused former disgraced Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar of sexual assaulting her under the guise of medical treatment, the 23-year-old Needham, Massachusetts native has been on a well-documented verbal onslaught against Nassar's enablers.
Nassar, 54, is set to spend the rest of his life behind bars as a result of prison sentences in the lengths of 60 years, between 40 and 175 years and between 40 and 125 years. These sentences were recently handed down in December, January and February, respectively.
Nassar has been accused of sexually assaulting more than 260 girls and women over the course of at least two decades. Accusations against him had a history of being mishandled until he was finally caught in 2016 after former gymnast Rachael Denhollander came forward with her story in the Indianapolis Star in September of that year.
Raisman herself delivered a powerful victim impact statement that received worldwide attention almost immediately at the second of Nassar's three sentencing hearings in January. In it, she continued to attack Nassar's enablers, which include Michigan State University, USA Gymnastics and the United States Olympic Committee.
Raisman's nonstop onslaught against these enablers and her calls for accountability and serious change, which don't seem like they are going to end anytime soon unless serious changes are made right away, have prompted many people to wonder if perhaps a career in politics is in her future.
Here is what Raisman had to say about a potential future in politics, according to Entertainment Daily.
"It's really crazy because I've had a lot of people come up to me and tell me [that I should pursue politics] and my brother tells me that too. I'm very honored, but I don't know enough at all right now."
According to The Hollowverse, Raisman is non-political, which, in a sense, would actually make her a good politician in this day and age, as she would be more likely to focus on real-world issues as opposed to subliminally trying to push an agenda to advance a particular political party like many politicians do today. After all, that's exactly what she has been doing in response to the Nassar scandal.
Her Twitter account backs this up. She is extremely noncontroversial when it comes to her tweets, and for what it's worth, she follows both former President Barack Obama and President Donald Trump in addition to former First Lady Michelle Obama and First Lady Melania Trump.
Raisman was born on May 25, 1994, meaning she is currently 23 years old. The age requirement to run for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives is 25 years old, which would make Raisman eligible to do so as early as the election year of 2020 at age 26.
The age required to run to be a U.S. Senator is 30 years old, which would make Raisman eligible to do so as early as the election year of 2024 at age 30. Finally, the age required to run to be the President of the United States is 35 years old, which would make Raisman eligible to do so as early as the election year of 2032 at age 38.
Obviously, this is all purely hypothetical and Raisman hasn't confirmed that she will pursue any of these positions anyway. After all, she is the favorite to be the team captain for the USA Gymastics team in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan if she does decide to make an attempt to compete in her third consecutive Summer Olympics.
But even that is not a sure thing at this point given the fact that speaking out about Nassar and his enablers is her number one priority. Here is what she had to say about the subject, according to People.
“I’ve been to two Olympic Games, and I love gymnastics so much. I love the Olympics and being able to represent my country. But with everything going on right now, I realize that this is more important than any gold medal. My main focus is fixing this organization and getting to the bottom of what happened.”
Maybe, just maybe, getting to the bottom of what happened could involve Raisman going into politics. It is definitely not something to rule out at this point.