The Mueller Report: Crazy! Disappointing! Confusing! Exciting?

So, it’s not like everyone wanted the president of one of the world’s superpowers to be found guilty and impeached. Yet, it seems that many are heartbroken to hear that there were no signs of collusion in Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, according to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report. Some may still hold out hope for the possible “obstruction of justice” charges — but seriously, what is the point?

In a chaotic mess resembling a 30-year-old garage, misinformation and speculation of what is contained in the report spread like wildfire. Since it hasn’t actually been released yet, many are questioning the impartiality of Trump-appointed Attorney General William Barr’s summary. His CliffsNotes synopsis is what the public has to work with until the official release of the more comprehensive version of the report. The release date is slated to be April 1.  

With this being a “win” for the Trump administration, the new fear is the damage this has done to the Democratic party in regard to the upcoming presidential elections. This is *Trump voice* sad! You can only cry wolf so many times until the wolf is exonerated and the person crying about it is deemed annoying and is given no public office. With no “smoking gun,” the Democrats are shown to be unfounded in their accusations of treason, and their stance as the “anti-Trump” party loses validity.

One of the bigger issues at hand throughout this entire investigation is the phenomenon of fake news. Gone are the days of American families tuning into Walter Cronkite in the evenings and all receiving the same information, biased or not. Media outlets are no longer third-party observers, but instead feed into confirmation bias. If you only consulted a member of PETA on the health benefits of veganism, you may receive a one-sided story, and the same goes for politics. 

Liberally-tuned viewers are in disbelief that President Trump is innocent and are now holding out for the obstruction of justice charges, whereas the other side of the aisle is now confident in calling out all the bologna. Yet neither side truly won, as it simply adds a few more inches to the ever-increasing political chasm in our country.

More importantly, the underlying problem in this entire circus is how anti-Trump rhetoric creates a narrow lens that obscures the larger issues at hand. Sure, he leaves a lot to be desired, but removing him from office will not cure the broken prison system, the wage gap, racial injustices, American imperialism, climate change, or anything else you can think of that sucks. He is simply a symptom of the disease, not the cause. The amount of weight placed on this investigation was futile and should not have been the saving grace we were all looking for.

Overall, as disappointed as some are to hear that President Trump might be innocent, isn’t it sort of a good thing that he is not best friends with Putin and conspiring against a 243-year-old institution that is technically the symbol of freedom for the known universe? The trust of the public, both domestically and internationally, continues to crumble, but at least we can feel blessed that this investigation gave us Robert DeNiro as Mueller on Saturday Night Live. There’s a silver lining to everything!  

Illustration by Cate Johnson
Josie Kritter

Josie Kritter

Josie, class of 2019, is a political science major from Culpeper, Va. She writes for the news and opinion sections of The Catalyst. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, and scuba diving (which is unfortunately almost impossible in Colorado).
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