What kind of president bullies a teenager? Trump under fire for mocking Greta Thunberg
President Donald Trump trained his guns at 16-year-old Greta Thunberg after she was named Time’s Person of the Year.
The American President known to mock media organisations and political leaders on Twitter, has repeatedly said he thinks climate change is a hoax, CNN reports.
“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 said on Thursday.
He was responding to a tweet from one Roma Downey that was congratulating Thunberg.
In her usual witty fashion, Thunberg changed her Twitter bio to reflect Trump’s comments.
It now reads: “A teenager working on her anger management problem. Currently chilling and watching a good old fashioned movie with a friend.”
On Thursday, former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden criticized Trump saying: “What kind of president bullies a teenager? @realDonaldTrump, you could learn a few things from Greta on what it means to be a leader.”
This is the second time that Trump has mocked the teenager who has inspired protests around the world in her push for action on climate change.
In September, she addressed the United Nations assembly saying: “People are suffering, people are dying, entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairytales of eternal economic growth.”
Wired, an American magazine, covered the teen’s story and posted a video of her on their Twitter page.
Trump then responded to the tweet mocking Greta as a “very happy, young girl with a bright and wonderful future”.
The teenager responded by changing her Twitter bio to read:
Thunberg suffers from Asperger’s, a form of autism that she says is the superpower behind her activism.
“My diagnosis has definitely helped me keep this focus. When you are interested about something you just continue to read about it and you get super focused,” she told CNN in a previous interview.
According to the National Autistic Society, people with the syndrome are of average or above average intelligence.
However, to them, the world feels overwhelming and this can cause them considerable anxiety which manifests in persistent difficulties with social communication and social interaction.
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