A young Texas boy was so inspired by President Trump’s State of the Union address earlier this month that he vowed to help him build the wall by setting up a stand selling hot chocolate. But Benton Stevens soon found himself being harassed for his pro-Trump venture with someone even calling him a “little Hitler.”
“He wanted to know about the wall so we explained what it was about and he was like ‘I want to raise money for the wall,’” his mother, Jennifer Stevens, told KXAN-TV.
The young boy from Austin came up with the idea and his family pitched in, with his older brothers helping to make the signs and his mom making the hot chocolate. He set up on Saturday at a strip mall near Austin and made over $200 in the first hour. But the effort was short-lived that 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,” his mother, who along with husband Shane are both active members with the Republican National Committee, KXAN reported.
Undeterred, the young boy set up his stand the following day after his mother said the reactions “fired him up.” But he was once again targeted in person and online with hateful comments and backlash.
“He was called a little Hitler yesterday,” his mother 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.”
The parents were slammed on social media as well by haters who criticized them for allegedly pushing their views on the young boy.
“People think he’s brainwashed,” Jennifer Stevens said. “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.”
“That’s the price you pay when you make a political stance,” she said of the backlash.
Hot chocolate sales, a matching donor and Venmo receipts have garnered close to $5,000, according to Fox News. And the family plans to get all the funds to go to the border wall.
“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,” they said.
Young Benton is apparently no stranger to the left’s hate, telling KEYE-TV that when he attended Trump’s inauguration with his family, three women in pink hats made fun of his “Make America Great Again” hat.
“They should be kids,” his mother said, explaining she never pressed his political interest. “I just happen to have very mature seven-year-old who wants to be involved in this. That’s what he wants to do. I have a 10-year-old who doesn’t.”
“If he’s going to do it, he needs to learn that there’s going to be a little backlash,” his father told KEYE. “But I just wish (the critics) would do it in a little more respectful, adult-like manner.”
But Benton’s border wall fundraiser has generated enough publicity that it now is having the unusual effect of bringing people together.
“People who were originally very mean have started apologizing for what they said and sticking up for Benton,” his father told Fox News. “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.”
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