The Collusion Delusion

“Democrats have been consumed for two years with a flimsy conspiracy theory aimed at delegitimizing a presidential election they lost,” the Washington Examiner editorial board writes. “But it’s over now. An exhaustive federal investigation just put the nail in the coffin of the collusion delusion. If the Democrats and our major media are capable of shame, they will be chastened by this experience.”

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Watch: President Donald J. Trump delivers a statement

“The results of the probe by special counsel Robert Mueller are a tremendous vindication for President Trump and the many millions of Americans who never doubted his innocence. The findings prove, once and for all time, that he won the 2016 election fair and square,” Michael Goodwin writes in the New York Post. “No American — not a single one — took the Russian bait. And that includes every member of the Trump campaign.”

“Press credibility has taken a hit,” University of Tennessee Law Professor Glenn Harlan Reynolds writes in USA Today. “The news media chose to run with the Russia story, which quickly morphed from ‘hacking’ to the more nebulous ‘collusion,’ quite credulously. They did so because they wanted it to be true, because they hoped it would hurt Trump, whom the press almost universally despises, and because it was good for ratings and clicks.”

Last week, President Trump “signed an executive order to authorize the denial of federal funds to colleges that suppress student free-speech rights,” F.H. Buckley writes in the New York Post. Students who express conservative views on college campuses have been routinely denounced across the country—but no more, says President Trump. “The federal government awards billions to our universities; top schools get a billion apiece. That’s going to stop, he said, if they don’t honor free-speech rights.”

In the Washington Examiner, Melissa Quinn reports that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will go to Beijing this week for continued high-level trade negotiations. “The talks will begin March 28 and are ‘aimed at improving the trade relationship between the United States and China.’”