Dec 13, 2019

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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Greta Thunberg: "I wouldn't have wasted my time" meeting with Trump

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16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg told BBC Radio 4 on Monday that she wouldn't have wasted her time meeting with President Trump at September's UN climate summit in New York.

"Honestly, I don’t think I would have said anything because obviously he’s not listening to scientists and experts, so why would he listen to me? ... So I probably wouldn’t have said anything. I wouldn’t have wasted my time."

The big picture: Thunberg's activism received praise and criticism across the globe in 2019, as she was named Time's Person of the Year but also faced Twitter criticism from Trump, who said she needs to "work on her Anger Management problem."

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"SNL" cold open weighs in on Trump and climate activist Greta Thunberg

A screenshot of "SNL" star Kate McKinnon as climate activist Greta Thunberg on the latest "Saturday Night Live" episode. Photo: NBC

"Saturday Night Live" star Kate McKinnon stole the show as climate activist Greta Thunberg responding to President Trump's criticism of her, as "SNL" skewered a range of topics in its latest cold open.

Donald Trump, step to me and I will come at you like a plastic straw comes at a turtle. And I cannot believe I’m saying this to a 70-year-old man, but grow up."
— "SNL" star Kate McKinnon as Thunberg
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Gallup: Trump and Obama tie as America's most admired man

Obama and Trump at Trump's 2017 inauguration. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump and former President Obama shared the honors as America's most admired man in 2019 in Gallup's annual poll.

The big picture: With both receiving the support of 18% of Americans, it's Obama's 12th time in the top slot — and Trump's first. Trump had previously come in second place for the last four years.

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