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'Little Hitler': Texas Boy, 7, Slammed for Selling Hot Chocolate to Raise Money for Donald Trump's Wall

The parents of a 7-year-old boy in Texas whose attempts to sell hot chocolate to raise money for President Donald Trump’s border wall went viral, now claim he has received backlash and has been called a “little Hitler” because of his efforts.

Jennifer and Shane Stevens said their son, Benton, decided he wanted to help the president raise money for the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border after previously attending the inauguration and watching Trump’s State of the Union address.

On February 16, the boy’s father uploaded a video to Facebook showing his son selling cups of hot chocolate for $2 each, as well as a choice of large “Nancy Pelosi marshmallows” for 50 cents or “little Beto [O’Rourke] marshmallows” for free to go with their beverage. The clip has since been viewed online nearly 9,000 times.

After raising more than $200 on his first day, Benton set up his stand once again outside a strip mall in Steiner Ranch, Austin. The boy’s mother described how he received negative feedback from people unhappy with his fundraising goal.

“He was called a little Hitler yesterday,” Jennifer Stevens told KXAN. “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.”

Speaking to KEYE, Benton said some people were “mad and calling me a little Hitler and stuff” while he was selling the hot chocolate, but others were “really happy.”

Jennifer Stevens rejected suggestions that Benton had been “brainwashed” into raising money for Trump’s wall and that he came up with the idea by himself.

“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,” she told KXAN.

Shane Stevens said that while it was expected that his son would get some negative attention from the stand, he was still disappointed by the actions of some.

"If he's going to do it, he needs to learn that there's going to be a little backlash," he told KEYE. "But I just wish [the critics] would do it in a little more respectful, adult-like manner."

According to a follow-up Facebook post from the father, Benton has since raised more than $2,200 after setting up a Venmo account to attract more funding.

As reported by Business Insider in the wake of a GoFundMe campaign which aimed to raise money for the border wall, it is not certain that the money donated will go towards Trump’s project.

The Treasury Department states that all money donated to the government goes to the "Gifts to the United States” fund for general use, but there is no way to guarantee it goes towards a specific project.

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