Parallels  to Trump

By Vic Kohring, September 10, 2016 

Donald Trump's presidential campaign has been under constant assault by the liberal, mainstream, Hillary Clinton press machine ever since the real estate magnate established himself as the Republican front-runner this spring. And following his nomination in July, the pace of attacks has increased to a frenzy. It's obvious to any thinking person that the media is afraid of Trump, fearing he may actually defeat their beloved golden girl Hillary. So they're constantly demonizing the man, hoping to destroy his credibility with a bombardment of vile reporting. Never a day goes by when I don't see at least a half-dozen hostile news stories against him. 

The criticisms have accelerated to a circus of around-the-clock bashing, intended to undermine Trump and influence the outcome of the November election so as to install the first woman president. I don't object to a woman leading our country, but Ms. Clinton is a frightening prospect given her unscrupulous background, not to mention her poor health. Most every time I read or hear the "news" (a word I use loosely), it's an incessant attack against Trump with a simultaneous portrayal of the angry, sickly, low energy, no-new-ideas Hillary as a strong, visionary leader. The media's bias is so blatant in favor of their hero, I'd laugh if the consequences weren't so serious.

There are parallel's between Trump's experience and my own as a legislative candidate through the years. I too was excoriated as a Christian conservative who espoused less government, more individual liberty and a strong private sector. The old, socialist Anchorage Daily News (their successor, Alaska Dispatch News, is a big improvement) led a near constant chorus in a pathetic but failed attempt to destroy me and elevate my liberal opponents to victory. The attacks always reached a crescendo shortly before each election to catch the attention of voters. It was like clockwork and certainly by design. 

I could count on a major blitzkrieg - usually timed a few days before each general election in November - often with a huge headlined story akin to a presidential assassination. Yet I was "only" a legislator. So why the big fuss over a single state representative, one of 60 lawmakers in little Alaska? It was because I was achieving fundamental changes in Juneau with my budget reforms such as eliminating redundant, wasteful government agencies and greatly hi-lighting the need to reduce the size of government's influence mostly through guest newspaper columns, radio and TV appearances, the likes which hadn't been seen for years if ever. I was rocking the boat instead of sitting on the sidelines and the clowns in the press took note with great dismay. It even caught the attention of people in Washington, including Congressman Ron Paul, a future candidate for president, and 2000 Libertarian Party presidential nominee Harry Brown, both of whom contacted and encouraged me.

In 2004, the Sunday before the election, the Daily News screamed an enormous headline on its front page (paraphrasing), "Kohring's Residency in Question," playing off the fact that I bought my bride a house near Portland, Oregon for her to live with family while I legislated in Juneau. And the attacks were almost always focused on my personal life, castigating me as a despicable human being. Another year, I was beaten about the head and shoulders over the amount of per diem I claimed from spending long hours working on constituent matters. My sponsorship of legislation to ease the regulatory and permitting requirements for coal bed gas drilling in the state also drew howls with front-page headlines as did my extra employment with an Anchorage developer to make some side money to support my family and keep the bills paid as if working two jobs was somehow bad.  

On and on it went. The granddaddy of them all was my legal case beginning in 2006 where I was accused of accepting a bribe over a lousy hundred bucks to buy my step-daughter Easter eggs. Despite the incessant assault by a crazed media salivating over me like a bunch of starving hyenas moving in for the slaughter, I not only survived but prospered with seven straight landslide elections. I can still see the reporters and editors long, sad faces of disappointment - as if their shorts were tied in big knots - who hoped their goofy, tabloid, National Inquirer-style stories would resonate with voters! 

As annoying as these liberal political "spokesmen" were for the Democrat Party (the writers insisted they were fair and unbiased, but in reality were cheerleaders for the progressive candidates whom they adored), it bothered me little. In fact, I thrived on it and proudly wore the criticism as a badge of honor, deducing that if these hacks were so adamant in seeing me defeated, it must have meant they were afraid of me as with Trump. Otherwise, they wouldn't have given me the time of day and waste their coverage on yet another spineless, do-nothing, yellow-stripe-down-the-back RINO in the vein of vanquished presidential candidates Jeb Bush and Lindsay Graham. 

Furthermore, the press must have seen me as a threat to their liberal agenda and that I was doing my job - the job I promised on the campaign trail and that I was elected to do. There's an old saying that "You're known by your enemies." If those on the left couldn't contain themselves and cease their perpetual onslaught through the years, it's something to be proud of. It was actually a good thing to have a multitude of leftist opponents attempt to disembowel me - many of whom were big government advocates, control freaks and atheists - as it backfired on them. 

After years of assailing Republicans including Donald Trump and people like me, the credibility of the press has fallen into a steady decline. The public now holds them in such low regard that used car salesmen are seen as more credible. A recent Gallup poll revealed that American's trust and confidence in the media "to report the news fully, accurately and fairly" has dropped to its lowest level in Gallup polling history. People are finally recognizing the garbage, often outrageous, over the top, even child-like reporting and are turning away. For Trump's sake and for the sake of our country's future, I hope and pray that a majority of Americans see the press for what it is and before election day this November. God help us if they don't.