A 7-year-old boy wanted to help the president raise funds for the construction of the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border wall, but ended up being called “little Hitler” in the process.
Viral footage shows the young boy, Benton Stevens, selling hot chocolate northeast of Austin, Texas. His mother, Jennifer, says his support for the border wall began when he watched President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address with his parents, who are both active members of the Republican National Committee, KXAN reported.
“He wanted to know about the wall so we explained what it was about and he (Benton) was like ‘I want to raise money for the wall,'” Jennifer said.
“People think he’s brainwashed,” she added. “Well, of course, he supports Trump because we do, and he hears how we talk and this and that. Call that brainwashing, but I call it parenting, because we instill our values in him.”
However, some people didn’t agree with the message the boy was sending and complained to the store owner they were in front of, but the stand wasn’t on property store, according to the boy’s father, Shane Stevens — the hot chocolate stand was then ceased for the day.
“I guess some liberals – or whatever you want to call them – they were griping at the owner (of the store) and going in and yelling at him and slamming him on Facebook,” Jennifer said.
This kid raised over $1400 for our Wall by selling hot chocolate.
This kid's name? Benton. But people on the left are calling him “Little Hitler,” and this wonderful young man still says “I like all people.” pic.twitter.com/KUUonAahtT
— Wyatt (@MrEarpLA) February 20, 2019
After the hot chocolate stand on Saturday, Benton raised $231 — with a donor matching the amount he raised, exciting Benton and proceeding him to set up the stand again on Sunday, which drew another round of criticism.
“He was called a little Hitler yesterday,” Jennifer said. “A guy pointed at him in his car and then he said that we didn’t like brown people. I don’t understand that at all.”
Benton’s mother said the criticism is “the price you pay when you make a political stance.”
Between the amount sold with hot chocolate and a Venmo account, the Stevens’ raised close to $5,000.
Shane told Fox News that now people on both sides of politics are showing their support for Benton’s fundraiser.
“People who were originally very mean have started apologizing for what they said and sticking up for Benton,” Shane said. “He is close to $5,000 raised now and is thinking about doing a free hot chocolate stand for people from both sides of the debate since there are so many from both sides sticking up for him.”
7-year-old boy called ‘Little Hitler' for raising $ to go toward Trump's border wall.
He raised $241 before lunatic liberals started gripping. So much for being tolerant.Reactions like this is why Trump got elected.
This brave boy gives me hope for the future of this country! pic.twitter.com/s2HqCwBSLo
— Christine (@Tweets4MAGA) February 19, 2019
The family noted all of the funding raised would go toward the president’s long-promised border wall.
“We’re going to get it into the wall,” Jennifer said. “There’s a GoFundMe page, and we’re also part of the RNC, and we’re pretty connected there so we will 100 percent make sure it goes towards the wall.”
People can donate money to the government through the “Gifts to the United States” fund. However, it wouldn’t necessarily go toward a specific federal project unless Congress approved the funds to go directly to the Department of Homeland Security, according to Business Insider.
Editor’s Note: This article was updated after publishing.