After Bolsonaro, Time’s Thunberg Trolls Trump on Twitter

  • "Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend," Trump tweeted.
  • Later that day, Thunberg changed her Twitter bio, claiming she was "working on her anger management problem," and "currently chilling."
  • On Tuesday, Thunberg changed her Twitter bio to pirralha, after Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro called her a "brat."

US President Donald Trump published a message on Twitter Thursday attacking young environmental activist Greta Thunberg, 16. In response, the Swedish girl changed her Twitter account description in an apparent mockery directed towards the American president, just as she did to hit at Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro, who called her a “brat.”

Greta Thunberg is a Swedish environmental activist on climate change whose campaigning has gained international recognition. Thunberg first became known for her activism in August 2018 when, at age 15, she began spending her school days outside the Swedish parliament to call for stronger action on global warming by holding up a sign saying (in Swedish) “School strike for the climate.”

Trump began his attack by saying that Time magazine’s decision to give Thunberg the title of “Person of the Year” was “ridiculous,” and then added that the young Swedish lady ought to “work on her Anger Management problem,” and “go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend!

The Swedish girl then decided to respond to Trump, but chose to do so in the same way that she used to answer Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro. On Wednesday, she changed her description on Twitter, in a clear provocation to the American leader. “A teenager working on her anger management problem. Currently chilling and watching a good old fashioned movie with a friend,” wrote the activist.

This isn’t the first instance that the Swedish girl and the American president have appeared to be reading from different scripts. During September’s United Nations General Assembly event, a photo in which Thunberg appeared facing Trump with a steady stare went viral on the Internet.

Both the United States and Brazil are targeted by environmental activists around the world. In the Brazilian case, the measures taken by President Bolsonaro and Environment Minister Ricardo Salles are being criticized around the world.

Person of the Year (called Man of the Year or Woman of the Year until 1999) is an annual issue of the United States news magazine Time that features and profiles a person, a group, an idea, or an object that “for better or for worse… has done the most to influence the events of the year.”

Bolsonaro attacked the Swedish girl on Tuesday by calling her a “brat,” while questioning why the media was giving so much publicity to the little girl. The president’s speech came after a question by Thunberg about indigenous people murdered in Maranhão. The same day, the Swedish girl, in a mockery aimed at the Brazilian leader, changed her description on Twitter to “pirralha” – which is the Portuguese word for “brat.”

The day after the Brazilian president’s attack, Time magazine named Thunberg “Person of the Year.” The American Magazine has so far honored dozens of personalities, with some of them controversial characters such as dictator Adolf Hitler, in addition to Donald Trump himself, who appeared on the cover of the magazine in 2016.

Thunberg gained global popularity in 2018, when she skipped school on Fridays to speak out against the inaction of her country’s political leaders in the face of climate change. In just under a year, her persistence in environmental preservation activism mobilized millions of people around the world under the banner of ecology and sustainable development. The young girl has since earned herself fans worldwide, more so amongst people who are advocates of matters environment conservation.

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Vincent Ferdinand

News reporting is my thing. My view of what is happening in our world is colored by my love of history and how the past influences events taking place in the present time.  I like reading politics and writing articles. It was said by Geoffrey C. Ward, "Journalism is merely history's first draft." Everyone who writes about what is happening today is indeed, writing a small part of our history.

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