Dec 11, 2019

Trump Jr. blasts Time for choosing Greta Thunberg as Person of the Year

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Donald Trump Jr. blasted Time for picking teen Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg to be its 2019 Person of the Year instead of honoring protesters in Hong Kong.

"Time leaves out the Hong Kong protesters fighting for their lives and freedoms to push a teen being used as a marketing gimmick. How dare you?"

The big picture: The Trump administration has signaled its support for the Hong Kong protesters — much to the dismay of the Chinese central government — while it continues to roll back environmental protections.

  • President Trump mocked Thunberg in September by calling her a "very happy young girl" in response to a video of her passionately speaking about the negative impacts of climate change.
  • Thunberg responded: "I honestly don’t understand why adults would choose to spend their time mocking and threatening teenagers and children for promoting science, when they could do something good instead. I guess they must simply feel so threatened by us."

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Trump calls Time's decision to name Greta Thunberg as Person of the Year "so ridiculous"

President Trump called TIME's decision to name 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg as its 2019 Person of the Year "so ridiculous" in a Thursday tweet.

"So ridiculous. Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Greta, Chill!"

The big picture: Thunberg — who has openly discussed the fact that she has been diagnosed with Asperger's, which is on the autism spectrum — fired back by changing her Twitter bio to read, "A teenager working on her anger management problem. Currently chilling and watching a good old fashioned movie with a friend."

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Greta Thunberg is Time's 2019 Person of the Year

Greta Thunberg. Photo: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images

Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg has become the youngest person, at the age of 16 years old, to be selected as Time Magazine's Person of the Year.

Context: Thunberg has received international attention and praise for her work to raise awareness on climate change — symbolizing a generational movement against the issue. She inspired millions of students to go on strike earlier this year, demanding governments take action against pollution.

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Michelle Obama tells Greta Thunberg to "ignore the doubters"

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Former First Lady Michelle Obama had some encouraging words on Friday for Greta Thunberg after she was named Time's 2019 Person of the Year, telling the Swedish climate teen activist to "ignore the doubters."

.@GretaThunberg, don’t let anyone dim your light. Like the girls I’ve met in Vietnam and all over the world, you have so much to offer us all. Ignore the doubters and know that millions of people are cheering you on.

The big picture: Since receiving the honor, Thunberg has been the subject of online attacks, including ones from President Trump and his son, Donald Trump Jr.

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