Special Counsel Robert Mueller submitted his final report on Friday that concluded, according to Attorney General William Barr’s summary, that there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election, nor was there sufficient evidence to pursue charges of obstruction of justice against President Donald Trump.
Following the recent developments, there has been a growing chorus of voices demanding a “reckoning” of sorts for those elected officials and media figures who fervently perpetuated the false narrative for more than two years.
In light of the ongoing NCAA “March Madness” basketball tournament, the New York Postdecided to have a little fun by creating a “Mueller Madness” bracket containing a number of those individuals who’d been wrong in their assertions over the past two years that Trump was guilty of collusion. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders shared the bracket on Twitter Monday evening.
Sanders tweeted, “Mueller Madness! Which of the angry and hysterical @realDonaldTrump haters got it most embarrassingly wrong? #YouDecide”
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) March 26, 2019
The bracket was originally put together by the Post’s Op-Ed editor Sohrab Ahmari, who noted in a column that, rather than allow the many pundits and politicians who promoted the debunked collusion lie to simply “memory-hole” the fact that they had pushed such a baseless and evidence-free lie, those individuals need to be called out for their participation in the perpetuation of the politically-motivated lunacy.
In fact, more than just a funny meme, Ahmari purposely designed the bracket so readers could fill it out and submit their picks for who was the dubious “champion” of the disgraceful competition to smear the president as a treasonous agent of a foreign power.
Much like an actual NCAA tournament bracket, the “Mueller Madness” bracket — containing only 32 individuals, as opposed to the NCAA’s 64 teams — was divided into four distinct “regions” or segments: Cable TV, Network TV, Print journalism and the “Twitterati.”
The collusion pushers were seeded from 1-8 in each region, with the well-known favorites matched up against lesser-known analysts, pundits and writers.
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow was the top seed in the Cable region due to her nightly screeds on collusion while “Saturday Night Live” actor Alec Baldwin was the top seed in the Network segment due to his horrible impersonation of the president.
The top seed in the Print region was prominent NeverTrumper Bill Kristol, and the number one seed among the Twitterati was Brookings Institute senior fellow Benjamin Wittes, who marked every conceivably anti-Trump “bombshell” story in the media with a “Boom” that nevertheless ended up being a dud.
Those who have been following along with the media’s incessant coverage of the Russian collusion narrative over the past two years will recognize most of the individuals who comprise the rest of the bracket, virtually all of whom have a shot at moving up through the ranks to reach the championship matchup, which Ahmari joked would be hosted by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in a Washington D.C. martini bar.
While those in Trump’s orbit who’ve been hounded for two years over false allegations of Russian collusion have every right to celebrate, the perpetuation of those fake claims is nevertheless an incredibly serious matter that must be addressed, and those who pushed it must be held accountable to an extent.
Sanders intimated as much as she spoke to NBC on the White House lawn and said the whole thing was a “sad reminder of the lack of accountability that started to seep into the media and into Democrats who have gone out for the last two years — actually over two years — and accused the president, the United States president, of being an agent of a foreign government.”
“Take a second and let that sink in. Take a minute and realize how outrageous and how serious and how malicious an accusation like that is,” Sanders said. “They literally accused the President of the United States of being an agent for a foreign government. That’s equivalent to treason. That is punishable by death in this country.”
Sarah Sanders: “They literally accused the President of the United States of being an agent for a foreign government. That’s equivalent to treason. Thats punishable by death in this country.” pic.twitter.com/nz5fsKTW7F
— The Hill (@thehill) March 25, 2019
Sanders is correct that those who falsely accused the president of treason should be held accountable, and we can only wait until some are held responsible for the damage these accusations have done. In the meantime, enjoy a laugh as you take a moment to fill out and submit your bracket for who should be regarded as the worst of the collusion pushers.