“So ridiculous. Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Greta, Chill!” Trump wrote.
Trump had linked to a congratulatory tweet that had been posted by actress Roma Downey, who is married to Mark Burnett, the reality TV producer who had a big hand in Trump’s TV career on NBC’s The Apprentice franchise.
Thunberg, who has Asperger syndrome, responded to Trump’s attack by changing her Twitter bio to read: “A teenager working on her anger management problem. Currently chilling and watching a good old fashioned movie with a friend.”
She later tweeted, “I’m sometimes called ‘political.’ But I’ve never supported any political party, politician or ideology. I communicate the science and the risks of failing to act on it. And the fact that the politics needed don’t exist today, neither to the right, left nor center. If anyone thinks that what I and the science are saying is advocating for a political view – then that says more about that person than about me. That being said – some are certainly failing more than others.”
Last week, at the impeachment hearings, Republicans blasted one of the witnesses, constitutional scholar Pam Karlan, for a comment she made in which she referenced Barron Trump, the Trumps’ 13-year-old son.
“Contrary to what President Trump says, Article Two does not give him the power to do anything he wants,” Karlan told the House Judiciary Committee. “And I’ll just give you one example that shows you the difference between him and a king, which in the Constitution says there can be no titles of nobility, so while the president can name his son Barron, he cannot make him a baron.”
As the GOP and first lady Melania Trump seized on the remark on Twitter, Karlan apologized for making it.
On Thursday, the words “#BeBest” became the top trending topic on Twitter. That’s an ironic reference to Melania Trump’s campaign for well-being and online safety, as well as to address opioid abuse. Many retweeted the first lady’s tweet that “a minor child deserves privacy,” referencing the president’s attack on Thunberg, who is only three years older than Barron Trump, and urging Melania Trump to take action.
Several hours after Trump’s tweet, his reelection campaign doctored the Time cover with the president’s face on Thunberg’s body. “When to comes to keeping his promises, there’s only one Person of the Year.”