Many social media users predicted that President Donald Trump would have a negative reaction to Greta Thunberg being named TIME’s Person of the Year for 2019.
It’s not the first time Trump has been critical of the climate change activist. In September, for instance, Trump used sarcasm to go on a subtle attack against Thunberg, who had just given a speech to the United Nations about the issue, choking back tears as she described its negative effects and the dire predictions of climate scientists.
At that time, according to Vox, Trump called Thunberg a “very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future.”
On Thursday morning, Trump continued his criticisms toward Thunberg. Replying to a tweet from an actor that had congratulated Thunberg, Trump called the honor given to her from TIME “so ridiculous.”
“Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend,” Trump wrote in his tweet. “Chill Greta, Chill!”
Thunberg was quick to respond to Trump’s actions, but in a sly way, changing her Twitter bio on her profile’s landing page, ABC News reported. “A teenager working on her anger management problem. Currently chilling and watching a good old fashioned movie with a friend,” she wrote.
Trump was reportedly a finalist for TIME’s Person of the Year honor this year, but lost out to the climate change activist. Trump won the honor in 2016, the year he also dominated headlines during the presidential campaign and won the general election.
Trump’s response to Thunberg, telling her to “chill,” may seem ironic to many. The president’s vitriol and anger have been well-documented, online and in real-life, in private settings and in public statements he has made. Often, Trump’s lashing out at others have included profanities, NBC News has reported.
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