It's very easy to forget that environmental activist Greta Thunberg, founder of the school strike movement, United Nations speaker, 2019 Time person of the year and a person who has met with David Attenborough and Leonardo DiCaprio (to name a few), is just 17 years old.
And yet again she's defied her age by standing up to a 74-year-old man. A septuagenarian who has also been the president of the United States for four years.
Over the past few days, in case you've been living under a rock, the US presidential election has been playing out. After Americans took to the polls on Tuesday 3 November, no winner has yet been announced.
Joe Biden and Trump have both made clear their expectation that they will be declared the winners, while the Republican candidate has gone even further by furiously alleging that the voting system is fraudulent (without offering any evidence) and encouraging his supporters to demand to 'stop the count' in potential swing states where the votes haven't all been tallied.
In typical Trump manner, apart from two televised press conferences, much of his outrage has been communicated on Twitter - with some of his tweets even being flagged by the social media giant for potential 'misleading' content.
However, Thunberg has shown she's quite the master at Twitter too. In response to Trump's all capitals tweet urging officials to 'STOP THE COUNT', the Swedish school student replied:
'So ridiculous. Donald must work on his Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Donald, Chill! [sic]'
So ridiculous. Donald must work on his Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Donald, Chill! https://t.co/4RNVBqRYBA
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) November 5, 2020
While this alone could be a tweet to encourage a wry smile (it's been liked 1.5 million times at the time of writing), there is further context behind the rebuttal.
In December 2019, Trump directed a tweet at the then 16-year-old over her anger at the lack of action being done by world leaders in stopping the devastating effects of climate change.
So ridiculous. Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Greta, Chill! https://t.co/M8ZtS8okzE
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2019
The tweet came months after a photo of Thunberg glaring at Trump after addressing the UN went viral. Trump has long played down or, historically denied, the effects of climate change and also recently pulled the US out of the landmark Paris agreement.
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