Teen entrepreneur C.J. Pearson (shown above right) is a social media tour de force with more than 200,000 Twitter followers and upward of 100 million views on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter combined, as his website notes.
A high school junior from Augusta, Georgia, Pearson also holds firmly defined political views. Those are not what one might expect, considering his liberal upbringing.
He is unapologetically conservative.
“The ideals and principles of limited government, fiscal conservatism, and economic opportunity sparked a fiery passion within him — even at an incredibly young age,” his bio notes on his website.
Pearson, 16, also knows how to turn conviction into action.
He started a GoFundMe campaign on Tuesday of this week in support of the Covington Catholic High School students.
Since last week, these high school students from Kentucky, who also happen to be pro-life, have been viciously maligned by the Left, including members of the media, academia, Hollywood, and social media.
Their alleged crime was wearing MAGA (Make America Great Again) hats at last week’s March for Life in Washington, D.C. — when Native-American activist Nathan Phillips approached them.
Phillips stopped directly in front of junior Nick Sandmann (above left), beating his drum and chanting just inches from the boy’s face.
Sandmann showed remarkable composure and restraint even in the face of what appeared to be intimidation by Phillips.
He simply stood and smiled.
In just two days, Pearson’s #StandWithCovington And the Unborn campaign has raised more than $50,000 for Students for Life of America — a silver lining amid the hysteria and the barrage of vitriol directed at the high school students. They’ve been relentlessly denounced for their so-called “white privilege” by an intolerant Left — and have even had death threats made against them.
“Students for Life is the largest youth pro-life organization in the United States,” Pearson told LifeZette by email on Friday. “For decades, SFL has been on the front lines of the pro-life movement, educating the next generation of Americans about the sanctity of life. I could think of no organization more deserving.”
“In their honor and alongside my newfound friends at Covington, I have created this GoFundMe campaign.”
“What the media put these guys through, no human being should ever be subjected to,” Pearson added. “These students were slandered and defamed — labeled racists, bigots, and white supremacists, [and] judged by people who had never met them — all due to one out-of-context video clip. I not [only] felt an urge to come to their aid, I felt a duty.”
Aware of the ongoing ideological culture wars facing the country, Pearson also said, “This incident has taught me that the Left will stop at nothing to destroy those who dare to disagree with them — even kids. Even kids,” he added for emphasis.
“Over the course of the past 72 hours, students at Covington Catholic High School have been met with death threats, doxxing, and defamation.”
It’s why he also said on the website, “In their honor and alongside my newfound friends at Covington, I have created this GoFundMe campaign.”
He added that the “Covington boys didn’t go to D.C. to become famous. They went to D.C. for the March for Life — in support of the unborn.”
That’s why 100 percent of the money he raises, said Pearson, “will be donated to Students for Life, the nation’s largest youth pro-life organization.”
On Thursday night, a jubilant Pearson tweeted, “The Left tried to destroy the lives of the boys of Covington. But instead, their bitter hatred and targeted campaign against them put them in a position to RAISE MORE THAN $50,000 FOR PRO-LIFE CAUSES. MOMENTS AGO, WE SURPASSED OUR $50,000 FUNDRAISING GOAL FOR Students for Life!”
As of Friday afternoon, the total amount raised is $52,905 — and that number keeps rising.
Elizabeth Economou is a former CNBC staff writer and adjunct professor. Follow her on Twitter.