February 21, 2019
A little boy from Austin, Texas is criticized for raising money for Trump’s wall.
Benton Stevens is only 7-years-old yet by his own initiative set up a hot chocolate stand to raise money in support of President Trump and his border wall. His parents, who are active members of the Republican National Convention, said that their son made his own opinion on the matter after watching Trump’s State of the Union on television.
His motivation and declaration of his political stance quickly became an issue after a video of him manning his hot cocoa stand was posted on Facebook. While he easily made $231 on his first hour of operations, Benton was forced to shut down the stand due to complaints made to the owner of the store that he set up in front of.
This did not bring him down. Instead, he insisted on trying again the next day. For that decision, he received more attention and criticism both online and in person. When asked why he was doing it, Benton said, “so that the illegal immigrants can’t get into our town illegally.”
His mother, Jennifer, said
“People think he’s brainwashed. 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.”
Benton’s parents said he learned a lot from this experience. He shared, "Some people were mad and calling me a 'little Hitler' and stuff, and some people were really happy."
His father, Shane, added, “If he’s going to do it, he needs to learn that there’s going to be a little backlash. But I just wish (the critics) would do it in a little more respectful, adult-like manner.”
Through it all, Benton Stevens remains loyal to his cause and to his president. And he is not alone in his point of view. Other Trump supporters have also come up with their own creative ways to show their stand in favor of the border wall.
As for his plans for the money he raised, Benton intends to send every cent of the $1400 by mail to President Trump.