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President Donald Trump’s Twitter post targeting teenage activist Greta Thunberg drew criticisms from various sectors. The tweet, which came after Thunberg was named Person of the Year by Time magazine, suggested to the 16-year-old that she should just “chill” and work on anger management.
“So ridiculous,” Trump tweeted as a reaction to Time naming Thunberg Person of the Year, Forbes reported. “Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Greta, Chill!”
Trump is Times’ runner up for the award. Nancy Pelosi and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg have the same ranking as well. The president reportedly questioned Time when the publication chose Germany’s Angela Merkel over him as Person Of The Year in 2015.
The Swedish activist quickly responded to Trump's tweet by updating her social media profile to reflect his comments. “A teenager working on her anger management problem,” Thunberg changed her Twitter bio. “Currently chilling and watching a good old-fashioned movie with a friend.”
People quickly expressed their support of Thunberg after Trump’s mocking tweet. Former first lady Michelle Obama encouraged the activist to not “let anyone dim your light,” the NY Times reported.
“Like the girls I’ve met in Vietnam and all over the world, you have so much to offer us all,” Mrs. Obama tweeted. “Ignore the doubters and know that millions of people are cheering you on.”
Others pointed out the inappropriateness of the tweet considering that Thunber is still a minor and also suffers from a form of autism. “Nothing like going after a young girl with Asperger Syndrome to drive home the point that you are fit for office,” op-ed writer for The Washington Post and The Guardian, wrote on Twitter.
“Did you tell your horrible husband to leave @GretaThunberg alone?” actress Yvette Nicole Brown asked Melania Trump on Twitter. “Maybe he’ll listen to you.” Earlier, Melania posted a message on the social media platform asking people to leave Barron out of politics considering he’s still a minor.
It was not the first time that Trump attacked Thunberg on social media. In September, the president tweeted about the teen activist after she gave her speech at the UN. “She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see.”
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