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Toby Smith (KATV framegrab)
Toby Smith (KATV framegrab)

Meet Toby, the 7-year-old who criticized Trump at an Arkansas town hall


Town halls for Republican members of Congress have been heated lately, with critics of President Trump packing auditoriums and asking tough questions.

The latest controversial town hall happened Wednesday night in Arkansas, where the star of the show was not Sen. Tom Cotton, but 7-year-old Toby Smith. 

Smith told Cotton he feared Trump was "deleting all the parks and PBS Kids just to make a wall, and he shouldn't do that." Cotton responded by asking how old Smith was, but did not answer his question.

Meet Toby, the 7-year-old who criticized Trump at an Arkansas town hall

WATCH | Our partners at KATV caught up with Smith after the town hall.

Donald Trump makes Mexicans not important to people who are in Arkansas who like Mexicans, like me, my grandma.
Toby Smith, 7

Smith's reference to PBS Kids alludes to reports that Trump is considering eliminating the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (which runs PBS) and the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities.

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Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., questions Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen as she testifies in front of the Senate Banking Committee in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Roughly 2,000 people, both supporters and opponents attended Cotton's town hall. He took the stage to cheers and boos, and was grilled for nearly two hours on topics from the Affordable Care Act to refugee policy.

One woman demanded Cotton to push Trump to release his tax returns.

But Smith's question and the applause in response stole the show.

Smith's was the last question Cotton answered.

Some in the audience were moved to tears.

Some even launched an early campaign for Smith's presidential run.

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