Greta Thunberg, a 16 year old from Sweden, has become one of the most prominent faces in the fight against climate change. The teenager made a passionate speech to the United Nations yesterday where she accused those who don’t act on climate change of stealing her future.
The speech went viral and was widely shared all over social media. Some on the right, however, were not impressed with Thunberg’s activism. During an appearance on Fox News, the Daily Caller’s Michael Knowles mocked the teenager as being mentally ill and exploited by the left.
Knowles made the comments while appearing on Fox News program the Story. He repeatedly made the claim that Thunberg was both mentally ill and, “being exploited by her parents and by the international left.”
What made Knowles comments even more troubling is that the teenage activist recently revealed that she has Aspergers syndrome. Thunberg said of her autism, “I have Aspergers and that means I’m sometimes a bit different from the norm. And – given the right circumstances- being different is a superpower.”
When haters go after your looks and differences, it means they have nowhere left to go. And then you know you’re winning!
I have Aspergers and that means I’m sometimes a bit different from the norm. And – given the right circumstances- being different is a superpower.#aspiepower pic.twitter.com/A71qVBhWUU
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) August 31, 2019
Knowles was immediately attacked by fellow panelist Chris Hahn. The liberal panelist said:
“Maybe on your podcast you can get away and say whatever you want because nobody’s listening. You’re on national television. Be a grown-up when you’re talking about children. She’s trying to save the planet because your president doesn’t believe in climate change and kids need to take to the streets to worry about their future.”
The Fox network issued a strongly worded apology as well. A network spokesperson remarked, “The comment made by Michael Knowles who was a guest on ‘The Story’ tonight was disgraceful. We apologize to Greta Thunberg and to our viewers.”
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.