7-Year-Old Boy Raising Money for Trump’s Border Wall Hits $22,000
Benton Stevens, a 7-year-old from Austin, Texas, has received national attention after raising $22,000 to help fund a section of the border wall at the U.S-Mexico border.
While Benton is pleased with the $22,000, he said his goal is to raise a grand total of $50,000 for the project.
He said he plans on raising the extra money by selling lemonade.
“Since it’s about to be summer,” he told KOAT, “I’m doing lemonade.”
President Trump’s son, Don Jr, praised the young entrepreneur, tweeting, “Love American entrepreneurship. Well done buddy!”
Love American entrepreneurship. Well done buddy!Benton Stevens of Austin sells hot chocolate for border wall money https://t.co/ELPYSXy5Xp
However, according to his mother, Benton has also received backlash for his project.
She told KXAN that someone even referred to his son as “little Hitler.”
“People think he’s brainwashed,” she told the news station. “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.”
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The money Benton raised is being donated to the non-profit organization called We Build the Wall, Inc.
While the organization has built half a mile of the wall, it hasn’t come without controversy.
However, the news station says that We Build the Wall insists it has all the permits and approvals and “the wall is under full compliance with local laws.”