A young boy from Texas faced both praise and ridicule from many adults after he opened a hot chocolate stand to raise money for President Trump’s border wall.
Seven-year-old Benton Stevens from Austin, Texas, wanted to help raise money for a wall on the United States – Mexico border after watching President Trump’s State of the Union address earlier in February.
The young boy set up his hot chocolate stand near the local strip mall and started to collect the money.
Benton’s stand is explicitly advertised as a fundraiser to help President Trump build the southern wall, sells hot chocolate for $2 a cup.
People can also customize their hot drinks by paying an extra 50 cents for a big “Nancy Pelosi” marshmallow or grab a smaller “Beto O’Rourke” marshmallows for free.
“I think it’s important that [our children] know what’s going on in the world, where we stand, what we believe in,” said Jennifer Stevens, Benton’s mother.
Both Jennifer and her husband, Shane, are members of the Republican National Committee and they say that their dinner table conversations have clearly influenced young Benton.
The boy’s parents say he begged them to raise money for the border wall and set up his chocolate stand over the weekend.
“Every day he would get off the bus and say, ‘mom can we go do my stand,’” Jennifer stated.
Benton’s fundraiser appears to be quite successful, with him reportedly raising nearly $1,400 in two days.
The President recently signed a spending bill that appropriates $1.375 billion to build 55 miles of new wall on the U.S. southern border. Trump has taken the controversial step of declaring a national emergency, which will allow him to get billions more for wall construction funding.
While young Benton says that some adults were “really happy” to see his stand, others were not so thrilled to see him raising money for a border wall.
“Some people were mad and calling me a ‘little Hitler’ and stuff, and some people were really happy,” Benton explained.
This wasn’t the first time Benton has faced backlash for his political beliefs. He said that while he attended Trump’s presidential inauguration three women wearing pink hats ridiculed his “Make America Great Again” hat.
However, young Benton’s parents want it to be a learning experience for him.
“If he’s going to do it, he needs to learn that there’s going to be a little backlash,” his father stated. “But I just wish [the critics] would do it in a little more respectful, adult-like manner.”
Meanwhile, Benton has big plans for the money he’s raised. The young boy wants to mail the funds to President Trump or deliver it to him in person “so that the illegal immigrants can’t get into our town illegally.”