In a desperate grab for power, U.S. Rep. Diane DeGette is blatantly violating federal law by discriminating against congressional leaders.

DeGette is running for House whip and says all of the current leaders are too old.

Adding insult to injury, she incorrectly stated their ages at 79, when they are all a spry 78.

“But Nancy, Steny Hoyer and Jim Clyburn, the assistant leader, are all 79 years old. We need to have some transition planning.”

By “transition planning,” DeGette means, fire them.

Pelosi supporters argue that detractors fuel GOP talking points when hitting Pelosi’s age and that now is not the time to oust the only female at the leadership table with President Trump.

DeGette is no spring chicken herself, having celebrated her 61st birthday in July. President Trump is 72.

We’d like to remind DeGette, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act protects certain applicants and employees 40 years of age and older from discrimination on the basis of age in hiring, promotion, or discharge.

DeGette is technically an employer of leadership, as she holds a vote to hire or fire, so withholding her vote on the basis of age is flat-out age discrimination under federal law.

It’s important to note that Washington, D.C. is not Silicon Valley, where technology workers are snatched up fresh out of grade school.

The median age of a congressperson is 57, because running the country actually requires some serious life experience.

Meanwhile, media reports indicate DeGette’s run for the whip seat is “doomed to fail.”