- President Donald Trump attacked Greta Thunberg after she was named Time’s Person of the Year, saying in a tweet that the award was “ridiculous.”
- “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 Thursday morning.
- Thunberg was named Person of the Year on Wednesday after starting a global climate movement and becoming a figurehead for activism against climate change.
- Trump was shortlisted for the Time distinction this year and previously won it in 2016, shortly after being elected president.
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President Donald Trump attacked the teen climate activist Greta Thunberg in a Thursday tweet prompted by her beating him to be named Time magazine’s Person of the Year.
Trump, 73, told the 16-year-old to “chill” and watch a movie rather than pursue the activism that won her the award, a victory Trump called “ridiculous.”
“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 tweeted Thursday morning in response to a tweet from the author Roma Downey congratulating Thunberg on her win.
The magazine said on Wednesday that Thunberg was awarded the honour after she “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 UN, 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.”
Soon after Trump’s tweet, Thunberg changed her Twitter biography to reflect the president’s comments, describing herself as: “A teenager working on her anger management problem. Currently chilling and watching a good old fashioned movie with a friend.”
Trump has a long history of criticising Time’s choice for Person of the Year, despite his receiving the distinction in 2016, shortly after he won the presidency.
In November 2017, Trump claimed he had turned down an offer from Time to be Person of the Year for a second consecutive year, because the magazine wanted to interview him.
“Time Magazine called to say that I was PROBABLY going to be named “Man (Person) of the Year,” like last year, but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot,” he tweeted. “I said probably is no good and took a pass.”
Trump was short listed for the award in 2019, alongside Thunberg and House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi.