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Greta Thunberg Changed Her Twitter Bio After Trump Mocked Her For Being Time's Person Of The Year

"Greta Thunberg is handling being bullied by the President of the United States much better than I would be. I’m genuinely proud of her."

Last updated on December 12, 2019, at 9:19 a.m. ET

Posted on December 12, 2019, at 9:12 a.m. ET

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One day after Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg was announced as Time magazine's Person of the Year, President Donald Trump mocked the 16-year-old on Twitter, telling her to "work on her Anger Management problem."

"So ridiculous," Trump said in a tweet on Thursday morning. "Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Greta, Chill!"

His tweet was in response to actor and author Roma Downey congratulating Thunberg on the Time honor. Downey is married to Mark Burnett, creator and producer of The Apprentice, which Trump hosted.

So ridiculous. Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Greta, Chill!

Trump's tweet was poorly received. Many criticized him for singling out the teenager once again and suggested he was jealous that he wasn't picked as Person of the Year.

This is our President mocking a kid for trying to save our planet. Some of you voted for this guy, and are going to do it again 🤦‍♂️

Just a tweet from the President of the United States attacking a 16 year old girl who gets better press than him. @cspanwj

lmao someone's president is jealous and bullying a 16 year old girl

Others pointed to first lady Melania Trump's anti-bullying Be Best campaign, and her comments earlier this month chastising legal scholar Pamela Karlan, who made a pun about Barron Trump during the Trump impeachment hearings.

"A minor child deserves privacy and should be kept out of politics," the first lady had tweeted. "Pamela Karlan, you should be ashamed of your very angry and obviously biased public pandering, and using a child to do it."

"@FLOTUS what was that you were saying last week about attacking minors?" one Twitter user asked after Trump's Thursday tweet.

The President of the United States is bullying a 16-year-old. How is the #BeBest crusade going, @FLOTUS?

#BeBest @FLOTUS what were you saying about going after a child?

Trump's affinity for Time's Person of the Year precedes his time in politics. A fake Time cover featuring him as Person of the Year was found at his golf clubs. He ultimately received the honor for real in 2016.

But he's also complained about not being selected for the honor several times this decade, and in 2017 claimed he turned it down after the magazine told him he "was PROBABLY going to be named 'Man (Person) of the Year,' like last year" with conditions. The publication denied his claim and honored "The Silence Breakers," who were the women who spoke out against sexual harassment as part of the #MeToo movement.

Time Magazine called to say that I was PROBABLY going to be named “Man (Person) of the Year,” like last year, but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot. I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway!

Thunberg, who has been the target of angry Trump tweets in the past, did not respond to the president, but she changed her Twitter bio shortly after.


Her quiet but classy move was widely praised on Twitter.

"Greta Thunberg is handling being bullied by the President of the United States much better than I would be," one user tweeted. "I’m genuinely proud of her."

This is what it looks like when a 16 year old kid outsmarts and outclasses the President of The United States. @realDonaldTrump just got done attacking and demeaning her on Twitter. Her response is priceless and in her profile. ☺ So much respect for @GretaThunberg. Well done.

Greta ❤️ In response to Trump’s bullying, Greta already changed her Twitter profile. She will not be intimidated.

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