President Trump mocked Greta Thunberg after TIME magazine named her their 2019 person of the year.
“So ridiculous,” the president tweeted. “Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Greta, Chill!”
The glowing piece announcing the honor praises the teen for skipping school to fearmonger about climate change.
Thunberg began a global movement by skipping school: starting in August 2018, she spent her days camped out in front of the Swedish Parliament, holding a sign painted in black letters on a white background that read Skolstrejk för klimatet: “School Strike for Climate.”
In the 16 months since, she has addressed heads of state at the U.N., met with the Pope, sparred with the President of the United States and inspired 4 million people to join the global climate strike on September 20, 2019, in what was the largest climate demonstration in human history.
Her image has been celebrated in murals and Halloween costumes, and her name has been attached to everything from bike shares to beetles. Margaret Atwood compared her to Joan of Arc.
After noticing a hundredfold increase in its usage, lexicographers at Collins Dictionary named Thunberg’s pioneering idea, climate strike, the word of the year. (TIME)
Thunberg has become known for her angry lectures, infamously telling world leaders at the United Nations Climate Summit that they aren’t doing enough.
“People are dying and dying ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is the money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth,” she said. “How dare you!”
Liberals pounced on Trump for bullying a teenager, especially after his wife rebuked a Stanford professor for mentioning her son’s name during an impeachment hearing last week.
The obvious difference, however, is that Thunberg has made herself a public figure, propped up by left-wing activists and the mainstream media, while Trump’s youngest son has not.
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