Connect with us

Politics

Trump attacks Greta Thunberg after Time Person of the Year victory

Published

on

  • President Donald Trump attacked Greta Thunberg after she was named Time’s Person of the Year, saying in a tweet that the award is “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 Wednesday after starting a global climate movement and has become a figurehead for activism against climate change.
  • Trump was shortlisted for the honor this year, and previously won it in 2016, shortly after being elected president.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

President Donald Trump attacked climate activist Greta Thunberg in a Thursday tweet prompted by her beating him to be named Time’s Person of the Year.

Trump, 73, told the 16-year-old to “chill” and watch a movie rather than pursue the activism which 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 author Roma Downey congratulating Thunberg on her win.

The magazine said on Wednesday that Thunberg was awarded the honor 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.”

This photo provided by Time magazine shows Greta Thunberg, who has been named Time’s youngest “person of the year” on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019.   The media franchise said Wednesday on its website that Thunberg is being honored for work that transcends backgrounds and borders.  (Time via AP)

This photo provided by Time magazine shows Greta Thunberg, who has been named Time’s youngest “person of the year” on December 11, 2019.
Time via AP


Trump has a long history of criticizing Time’s choice for person of the year, despite having been awarded the honor himself in 2016, shortly after he won the presidency.

In November 2017, Trump claimed that 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. I said probably is no good and took a pass,” he tweeted.

Trump was shortlisted for the award in 2019, alongside Thunberg and Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi.

Continue Reading
Advertisement Find your dream job

Trending