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Thursday, June 15, 2017 12:06 am

Telling Trump the importance of truth

New Berlin man writes a big book for the president

Trump supporter David Barnett from New Berlin with his oversized book.
PHOTO BY ALEX CAMP

 

Without hesitation, David Barnett, a Trump supporter and developer from New Berlin, explained his view of the social and political dissension within the country. “It’s difficult to find the truth these days,” he said. “Everybody’s got an axe to grind.”

This evaluation has propelled Barnett to write an oversized book for President Donald Trump. Titled A Message for my President Donald J. Trump, the book was inspired by a slogan Barnett came up with while living in Arkansas. “We were building a place down in Arkansas, and a couple of big trees were trying to get out of the canopy,” Barnett remembered. “They had a big nice arch to them and I am going to weld these trees up towards the building’s entrance with the motto, ‘Seek the truth, speak the truth.’ The slogan made sense to me because I know that if everybody did this, this country would get straightened out.”

The seven-page book is filled with assorted statements devoted to truth-seeking. One page features a quote Barnett made up: “Ignore the truth and the truth will destroy everything, whether it be man, business or nation.” Barnett said the quote left a profound effect on him in evaluating life. “You can’t fix something if you don’t admit what’s wrong with it,” he said. “I think that any group of people can truly do something regardless of their ideological differences. If you can sit down, form a conversation and deal with the issue at hand, we’ll be better as a people, and I think that’s what this book achieves.”

Barnett praised Trump for committing to issues he pledged to tackle during his campaign for president. As an example, Barnett highlighted gun rights, which Trump has vowed to protect. Recently, Trump became the first sitting president since Ronald Reagan to address the National Rifle Association (NRA), the country’s standard bearer on gun rights. “I’ve belonged to the NRA forever, and I think gun rights are an important part of this country,” Barnett said. “No matter where you live, you should be able to protect yourself. Since Trump’s for gun rights, we don’t have to worry about defending that right any longer.”

Additionally, Barnett has an interest in the rights of veterans to health care. In April, Trump signed a bill to extend a program that gives veterans more flexibility to seek medical care outside the Veterans Affairs system. “The men and women who have served our country who don’t get the health care that they deserve is a horrible sight to see, and that’s been an issue for me for a long time,” Barnett said. “Knowing that Trump signed this bill, it looks like he’s going to help the veterans out immensely.”

Barnett is seeking donations of $45 from organizations such as the NRA, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the United Service Organizations to help further awareness about the project. He hopes that his efforts will one day get the president’s attention. Furthermore, Barnett hopes that this book will make Trump more accountable in policy decision-making moving forward. “The important thing is that Trump needs to tell the truth and that he needs to honor his commitments,” he said. “The whole idea of this book is to hopefully move everyone in the right direction where I don’t have to worry about hurting anyone’s feelings, because we’re sitting down and telling the truth.”

Alex Camp is an editorial intern from Illinois Times. Contact him at intern@illinoistimes.com.

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