Former First Lady Michelle Obama tweeted a message of solidarity to Greta Thunberg on Friday after US President Trump said the decision to name her Time magazine's Person of the Year for 2019 was “so ridiculous.”
“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,” Obama wrote.
—Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) December 13, 2019
Trump and his campaign team were not at all impressed with Time's ruling.
“So ridiculous. Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Greta, Chill!” — he tweeted on Thursday.
—Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2019
Democratic Party members rallied behind Thunberg, who has Asperger syndrome, in response, highlighting the irony of Trump insulting a child on the internet when his wife Melania runs an anti-bullying charity.
Later on Thursday, the Trump campaign's “Trump War Room” Twitter account posted a picture of the president's head photoshopped onto Thunberg's Time cover.
—Trump War Room (Text TRUMP to 88022) (@TrumpWarRoom) December 12, 2019
It was captioned: “When it comes to keeping his promises, there's only one Person Of The Year.”
Trump once claimed he turned down the chance to be Time's person of the year. Trump said the magazine tipped him off he would be winning the 2017 award, but that he refused to accept, claiming they wanted an interview and photoshoot in exchange.
Alan Murray, CEO of TIME, tweeted in response: “Not a speck of truth here.”
Thunberg has grown accustomed to dealing with puerile insults from world leaders and pundits who disagree with her views.
After Trump expressed dismay at Thunberg's award, she changed her bio on Thursday to: “A teenager working on her anger management problem. Currently chilling and watching a good old fashioned movie with a friend.”
Earlier in the week, Thunberg was called “little brat” by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. Thunberg did not respond in kind, but subtly changed her Twitter bio to “pirralho” which means “brat” in Portuguese.
Her Twitter biography normally reads: “16-year-old climate and environmental activist with Asperger's.”
Back in September, after Thunberg gave an impassioned speech to UN leaders about climate inaction, Trump tweeted: “She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!”
Thunberg changed her Twitter bio shortly after. It read: “A very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future.”