The Internet is up in flames after Sarah Huckabee Sanders shares Mueller-themed March Madness bracket

  • White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders faced backlash for tweeting a spoof of a Mueller-themed March Madness-style bracket that mocked critics of President Donald Trump.
  • The bracket included notable journalists, actors, and professors, including Rachel Maddow, Jimmy Kimmel, and Robert De Niro. Jonathan Chait, a writer at New York Magazine who was included in the post, tweeted “career achievement unlocked.”
  • The press secretary’s post comes after Attorney General William Barr released a summary of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation that found no evidence of collusion between the president and Russia.
  • Barr’s summary, which made the determination that Mueller’s evidence was not sufficient to prosecute Trump for obstruction of justice, has been accused of bias, due to a memo he wrote last year that called the special counsel investigation “legally insupportable.” Lawmakers are now calling for the public release of the full report.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders faced swift backlash for sharing on Twitter a spoof of a Mueller-themed March Madness-style bracket that mocked notable journalists, actors, professors, analysts, and others critical of President Donald Trump in the wake of the special counsel’s investigation.

The bracket, first published by the New York Post, was created following a summary of Mueller’s report by Attorney General William Barr that found no evidence of collusion between the president and Russia. Those allegations have overshadowed Trump since the beginning of his presidency.

Barr’s summary has emboldened the president and his supporters to unleash a firestorm of political ammunition against his critics. After Trump announced “total exoneration” from the Mueller investigation, his reelection campaign went on the offense with a fundraising text sent out on Sunday that read “Dems raised millions off a lie. Now we FIGHT BACK! Donate in the NEXT HOUR and it’ll be QUADRUPLED.”

Read more: Now we FIGHT BACK!’: The Trump re-election campaign is using the attorney general’s Mueller summary to raise funds

The Trump campaign also sent a memo to TV stations asking them to consider dropping six current and former intelligence and Democratic officials, including former CIA director John Brennan, Dem. Rep. Jerry Nadler, and Dem. Rep. Adam Schiff, in response to their commentary and predictions prior to the release of Mueller’s report. The memo accused them of making “outlandish, false claims” and claimed that Democratic leaders and others lied to the American people.

While the president claimed he was fully exonerated, Mueller was quoted in the summary as writing “while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him” for charges of obstruction of justice. Barr’s summary has been accused of bias, due to a memo he wrote last year that called the special counsel investigation “legally insupportable,” and lawmakers are now calling for the public release of the full report.

Read more: Mueller found that there was no Trump-Russia conspiracy but did not ‘exonerate’ the president on obstruction

“Mueller Madness!” Sanders wrote in her tweet on Monday. “Which of the angry and hysterical @realDonaldTrump haters got it most embarrassingly wrong? #YouDecide”

She retweeted the post on Tuesday, adding: “How many times do the Democrats and their liberal media allies have to be proven embarrassingly wrong about @realDonaldTrump before they finally accept he’s been a great President?”

Twitter users were quick to respond to Sanders. Susan Hennessey, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute, asked how “is this an acceptable thing for the White House press secretary to tweet out about members of the press and ordinary American citizens?” while former White House photographer Pete Souza called the tweet “sick and disturbing.”

Bill Kristol, editor-at-large of The Bulwark, and who was included in the bracket, took to Twitter to poke fun at Sanders, saying he was “honored to have a #1 seed.” Jonathan Chait, a writer at New York Magazine who was also included, wrote “career achievement unlocked.”