President Trump Attacks 16-Year-Old Activist "Chill Greta, Chill!"
By R.J. Johnson - @rickerthewriter
December 12, 2019
President Donald Trump on Thursday responded to news of 16-year-old environmental activist Greta Thunberg being named TIME magazine's "Person of the Year."
"So ridiculous," Trump wrote on Twitter Thursday morning. "Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Greta, Chill!"
For her part, Thunberg appeared to take Trump's tauntings as a challenge, quickly changing her Twitter profile to read: "A teenager working on her anger management problem. Currently chilling and watching a good old fashioned movie with a friend."
This isn't the first time Trump has used his platform on Twitter to mock Thunberg. Shortly after the 16-year-old's appearance at the Climate Action Summit in New York City, the president issued a late-night snarky tweet about some of the lines from Thunberg's appearance at the United Nations including, "people are dying" and "we are in the beginning of a mass extinction."
"She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!" Trump wrote at the time.
Thunberg trolled Trump in turn, once again changing her Twitter profile to read: "A very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future."
On Wednesday, TIME Magazine named Thunberg 'Person of the Year' for her part in raising awareness about climate change and environmental issues.
"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," TIME wrote in the article announcing its decision.
Thunberg has become a worldwide celebrity for her work to raise awareness about climate change and environmental activism. Over the summer, Thunberg addressed the United Nations after she sailed across the Atlantic from England to New York. Since then, Thuneberg has traveled around the country and the world, advocating for climate change and action.
"We can’t just continue living as if there was no tomorrow, because there is a tomorrow," she told TIME. "That is all we are saying."
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