Pres­i­dent mocks Greta Thun­berg

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Trump lashes out at the 16-year-old cli­mate ac­tivist one day af­ter she was named Time’s Per­son of the Year.

WASHINGTON — Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump lashed out at 16-year-old cli­mate ac­tivist Greta Thun­berg on Thurs­day, a day af­ter she was named by Time as its Per­son of the Year, call­ing her se­lec­tion “ridicu­lous.”

The Swedish teenager has be­come a sym­bol of a grow­ing move­ment of young cli­mate ac­tivists af­ter lead­ing weekly school strikes in her coun­try that in­spired sim­i­lar ac­tions in about 100 cities world­wide. She has drawn large crowds with her fiery ap­pear­ances at protests and con­fer­ences over the past year and a half.

In a Thurs­day morn­ing tweet, Trump said, “Greta must work on her Anger Man­age­ment prob­lem, then go to a good old fash­ioned movie with a friend!”

He added: “Chill Greta, Chill!”

Thun­berg re­sponded by chang­ing her Twit­ter pro­file bio to read: “A teenager work­ing on her anger man­age­ment prob­lem. Cur­rently chill­ing and watch­ing a good old fash­ioned movie with a friend.”

She has been out­spo­ken about her di­ag­no­sis with Asperger’s syn­drome, an autism spec­trum dis­or­der as­so­ci­ated with high in­tel­li­gence and im­paired so­cial skills. “I have Asperg­ers and that means I’m some­times a bit dif­fer­ent from the norm,” she tweeted this year. “And — given the right cir­cum­stances — be­ing dif­fer­ent is a su­per­power.”

For­mer Sec­re­tary of State John Kerry, at­tend­ing the U.N. cli­mate talks in

Madrid, said Trump’s com­ments were “the most dis­grace­ful, bul­ly­ing, un­pres­i­den­tial, al­most cow­ardly thing to do.”

It’s not the first time Trump has com­plained af­ter not be­ing rec­og­nized for his in­flu­ence. In 2015, Trump at­tacked Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel for “ru­in­ing Ger­many” af­ter she was named Per­son of the Year, when he was listed as a run­ner-up.

Trump is the sec­ond world leader to take aim at Thun­berg this week. Her con­cern over the slay­ings of in­dige­nous Brazil­ians in the Ama­zon drew a re­buke from Brazil’s pres­i­dent Tues­day.

“Greta said that the In­di­ans died be­cause they were de­fend­ing the Ama­zon,” Jair Bol­sonaro said. “It’s im­pres­sive that the press is giv­ing space to a brat like that,” he added, us­ing the Por­tuguese word “pir­ralha.”

Thun­berg re­sponded by chang­ing her bio on Twit­ter, where she has over 3 mil­lion fol­low­ers, to say “Pir­ralha.”

PAUL WHITE/AP

Ac­tivist Greta Thun­berg ad­dresses the U.N. cli­mate con­fer­ence in Madrid.

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