This week, TIME Magazine announced teen climate activist Greta Thunberg had been named their Person of the Year, a distinction that recognizes her contributions to culture worldwide. Since beginning her school strike for climate change in August 2018, Thunberg has started a global movement of people, young and old, who want to see real change when it comes to fighting the destruction of our planet. It’s a pretty amazing effort and it was made by a girl who just turned 16.
This has got some angry old men pretty worked up. Conservatives, especially the old white ones, really hate Thunberg. And President Donald Trump is no exception. It was only a matter of time before Trump commented on the TIME announcement, and folks were wondering what direction he would take. The president would be jealous, of course. He notoriously has a fake Time cover featuring himself hanging at one of his resorts, and has lied multiple times about Time planning to put him on their cover:
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. Thanks anyway!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 24, 2017
He was probably hoping 2019 would finally be his year. Maybe if he gets impeached in 2020?
His eventual tweet about the news ended up being pretty dismissive in tone, trying to make Thunberg seem like a cranky kid with an attitude problem, not a young woman terrified by the end of a livable world.
“So ridiculous,” Trump wrote. “Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Greta, Chill!”
So ridiculous. Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Greta, Chill! https://t.co/M8ZtS8okzE— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2019
It’s funny for someone like Trump to accuse other people of having anger management problems, but here we are. Many saw Trump’s comments as a form of bullying directed at a kid, which it is. And that’s pretty ridiculous, considering his wife made a big to-do over someone joking about Barron’s name during the impeachment trials recently:
A minor child deserves privacy and should be kept out of politics. Pamela Karlan, you should be ashamed of your very angry and obviously biased public pandering, and using a child to do it.— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) December 4, 2019
“Be Best” only applies to how people talk about Barron Trump, apparently.
But Thunberg isn’t just an activist. She’s also someone with a sense of humor. Instead of trying to fight back, she’s changed her Twitter bio to reflect the president’s words:
Greta Thunberg is handling being bullied by the President of the United States much better than I would be. I’m genuinely proud of her. pic.twitter.com/Pon7yFG4u7— Nick Laparra (@NickLaparra) December 12, 2019
Thunberg’s Twitter bio now reads: “A teenager working on her anger management problem. Currently chilling and watching a good old fashioned movie with a friend.”
This isn’t the first time Thunberg has changed her bio to mock Trump’s bizarre comments about her. In September, he sarcastically tweeted a video of Thunberg’s passionate speech on climate destruction at the UN, commenting, “She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!”
She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see! https://t.co/1tQG6QcVKO— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2019
Soon after, she changed her bio to read, “A very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future.”
Greta Thunberg's new Twitter bio...if you ever wanted a lesson in shade. pic.twitter.com/ZxBtld1ueH— CP_stylebook - Cameron Perrier (@CP_stylebook) September 24, 2019
Trump can write what he wants, even though he shouldn’t, because Thunberg won’t be intimidated. Anger probably helps with that, actually.