They now both belong to an exclusive club of being named Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year,” but President Donald Trump isn’t exactly extending congratulatory messages to teen climate activist Greta Thunberg.
Quite the opposite, in fact, as reported by the Daily Mail.
One day after Thunberg was selected by Time, the president took to Twitter to sarcastically troll the radical environmentalist:
So ridiculous. Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Greta, Chill! https://t.co/M8ZtS8okzE
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2019
As a means of responding to public criticism and to presumably illustrate they do not bother her in the slightest, Thunberg is known for taking attacks hurled against her and incorporating them into her Twitter biography. Shortly after Trump’s trolling, Thunberg responded by updated her bio to read: “A teenager working on her anger management problem. Currently chilling and watching a good old fashioned movie with a friend.”
At 16 years of age, Thunberg is the youngest person to be featured as Time’s “Person of the Year.” However, President Trump is not the only world leader to be critical of her efforts or character. A couple of days prior to Trump’s insult, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro referred to the environmentalist teen as “a brat,” as reported in the New York Post.
Bolsonaro’s attack came in response to Thunberg’s description of the alleged plight facing the indigenous peoples of Brazil: https://twitter.com/GretaThunberg/status/1203732257401380869?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1203732257401380869&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fredbluedivide.com%2Fa-brat-environmental-activist-greta-thunberg-insulted-by-president-of-brazil%2F
While speaking to journalists after Thunberg’s online post, Brazil’s president said, “Greta said that the Indians died because they were defending the Amazon. It’s impressive that the press is giving space to a brat like that.”
No one ever said that being a worldwide activist (or Time’s “Person of the Year”) would be easy.
Sources: Daily Mail, New York Post
Written by Red Blue Divide editorial staff.