In a community close to Austin, Texas, one 7-year-old has found himself going viral after photos and videos of his hot chocolate stand appeared on the internet.
But kids have stands all the time — why is this one any different?
This particular child was helping raise money for Trump’s controversial border wall.
And as you can imagine, people were not pleased with this.
Jennifer Stevens’s son, Benton, was touched by Trump’s State of the Union Address and naturally, was curious about the wall.
“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,’” she shared with Austin, Texas news station KXAN.
Both Jennifer as well as her husband, Shane, are members of the Republican National Convention and are very upfront when it comes to sharing their political stance with their kids.
“People think he’s brainwashed,” she shared with the news outlet. “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.”
According to his mother, Benton begged to help set up a stand to help fund raise for the wall and it quickly became a family affair.
While his older brothers helped Benton make the signs, Jennifer helped make the delicious product.
Customers were also encouraged to choose a marshmallow to melt — “Beto marshmallows” were mini-sized and free while large “Pelosi marshmallows” cost an additional 50 cents.
But Benton’s stand, which was set up outside of Steiner Ranch strip mall, did not last very long.
“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.”
Her husband made the decision to shut down the stand after just one hour.
In that time, Benton had raised $231.
Quite a few people were vocal about the two parents “using” their son to make a bold political statement.
Jennifer also shared how someone called the boy “little Hitler,” after allegedly “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,” she said.
But while Benton was met with much opposition, he has plenty of supporters. Including his sales profit as well as additional donations to his cause via Venmo — Benton has raised a staggering $1,400.
“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.”
It should be noted however it is a bit of a challenge to make sure donated funds go towards a particular project, according to Business Insider, as donations go into a fund called “Gifts to the United States.”
That being said, their is no guarantee the money would be distributed to a specific project but in this case the border wall – and donating to the Department of Homeland Security – requires Congressional approval.
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