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Texas mom says 7-year-old son called 'little Hitler' while raising money for border wall
A Texas mother says her 7-year-old son was recently called "little Hitler" while selling hot chocolate to raise money for President Trump's border wall.
"He was called a little Hitler yesterday," Jennifer Stevens told a local NBC affiliate in a story published Monday. "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."
Stevens said her son, Benton, began selling hot chocolate to help fund the wall after watching Trump's State of the Union address earlier this month.
"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 told the local station.
Stevens said some people have said her son is "brainwashed."
"People think he's brainwashed," Stevens said. "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 has reportedly raised roughly $1,400 in between hot chocolate sales and donations from others.
"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," Stevens said, apparently referring to the Republican National Committee.
The RNC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Stevens said her son once raised $231 in one hour outside a mall on Saturday, but added that not everyone appreciated his efforts.
"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," Stevens said, adding that she and her husband decided to close down Benton's stand soon after.
Stevens said Benton and her family were later criticized online after photos showed him and his stand.
"That's the price you pay when you make a political stance," Stevens said.
--Updated at 10:39 a.m.