Donald Trump Mocked Greta Thunberg on Twitter and She Trolled Him Right Back | 22 Words

It's been a pretty busy year for climate change activist, Greta Thunberg.

TIME Magazine, just this week, honored Thunberg with their most prestigious title - and it's a record-breaking win. However, a lot of people weren't happy with the result and our very own president is amongst them.

Keep scrolling to see exactly what he said about her and how the powerful sixteen-year-old hit back at him.

Greta Thunberg has become the face of the youth climate change movement.

The Swedish sixteen-year-old has been responsible for the global school strike movement, which began with weekly Friday school strikes to protest for climate change action.

Just a year ago, she was relatively unknown.

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Greta would regularly sit on her own outside Swedish parliament, first staging a "School Strike for Climate" in August last year. In the weeks leading up to the country’s general election, Thunberg sat on the steps outside of the parliament building in Stockholm, holding up the now-iconic sign that read “Skolstrejk För Klimatet" — translating to “school strike for climate."

The teen sat outside the building during school hours for 3 weeks.

Her demands were that the Swedish government reduce carbon emissions in accordance with the Paris Agreement. By sacrificing her education to protest for action, the teen began to conjure up attention and gain traction online.

Her unwavering commitment to the environment has woken the rest of the world.

While a little over a year ago, the name "Greta Thunberg" was relatively unknown, now, her's is the first name that springs to mind when you think of the climate change movement.

Thunberg is known for delivering blistering, matter-of-fact speeches about the urgency of what she calls the "climate crisis."

If we fast-forward to now, Thunberg continues to hold governments accountable during her powerful talks, which have seen her nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize and placed in TIME's top one-hundred influential people in the world list.

Her message is clear: we need to act now.

Having whipped up a gigantic global youth movement, climate change is finally getting the attention it deserves, but Thunberg still believes that governments are the ones who still aren't listening. According to the United Nations, humanity has under twelve years to prevent a climate change crisis. A report released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) at the end of 2018 called for immediate “unprecedented changes" to all aspects of society.

If we do not act, the future, if there is one at all, will be very bleak.

Rising global temperatures pose a high risk of social and environmental disasters, including floods, drought, wildfires, and food shortages for millions of people across our planet.

Thunberg has gone to great lengths to fight her cause.

In July, the teen ditched environmentally damaging air travel and sailed across the Atlantic to attend the U.N. climate summits in the U.S. and Chile.

Little by little, her trailblazing activism seems to be sinking in.

According to Live Kindly, earlier this year, Mohammed Barkindo — the secretary-general of OPEC (the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) — acknowledged public opinion surrounding the climate crisis as a threat to the oil industry.

And her youth school strike movement is growing on a mass scale.

On September 20, millions around the world, from London to New York, Sydney to Colombia, ditched the classroom to peacefully protest for climate action in what Thunberg dubs "Fridays for Future."

But, Thunberg's movement has been met with waves of criticism.

Her activism has seen her labeled "melodramatic" amongst other things, as well as others saying that she is being used as a political shield.

But her critics don't phase her...

Thunberg addressed world leaders at the U.N. Climate Summit and delivered a blistering, anger-tinged speech demanding climate action.

The event is dedicated to world leaders sharing climate solutions and new pledges for climate action.

During her powerful speech, Thunberg highlighted how the science behind climate change has been "crystal clear" for over 3 decades. "I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you all come to us young people for hope? How dare you!" she said. "You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words."

As she spoke, the teen got visibly emotional.

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"People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction. And all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!" She continued: "How dare you continue to look away and come here saying that you are doing enough when the politics and solutions needed are still nowhere in sight." "You say you 'hear' us and that you understand the urgency. But no matter how sad and angry I am, I don’t want to believe that. Because if you fully understood the situation and still kept on failing to act, then you would be evil. And I refuse to believe that."

She concluded with a poignant message: change is coming, whether you like it or not.

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"You are failing us. But young people are starting to understand your betrayal. The eyes of all future generations are upon you. And if you choose to fail us, I say: We will never forgive you. "We will not let you get away with this. Right here, right now is where we draw the line. The world is waking up. And change is coming, whether you like it or not."

After her speech, the teen activist happened to cross paths with Donald Trump in the lobby.

Safe to say, she understandably isn't his biggest fan and shot him the most intense death stare we've ever seen.

The video went viral online.

When faced with one of the world's most powerful leaders, Thunberg remained fearless, and her death stare has become something of an internet sensation.

As you'd expect, Donald Trump had something to say about the whole thing.

In usual Trump-style, he took to Twitter to seemingly mock the teen, writing, "She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!" above a video of her speech.

His swipe radiated sarcasm.

And of course, people slammed the president for attacking the young activist.

Overall, it's been a busy year for the teen.

Thunberg was even listed as 1 of 4 winners of the 2019 Right Livelihood Award, which is widely known as the "Alternative Nobel Prize."

Thunberg was honored with the prize for her "inspiring" work.

According to a statement from the Right Livelihood Foundation, "Thunberg is the powerful voice of a young generation that will have to bear the consequences of today's political failure to stop climate change."
"Her resolve to not put up with the looming climate disaster has inspired millions of peers to also raise their voices and demand immediate climate action."

But her he biggest win of the year - Thunberg has been awarded the title of TIME's Person of the Year.

Impressive in itself - but Thunberg also marks the youngest person ever to receive this title.

She beat out some fierce competition.

Thunberg was honored over other nominees including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, the CIA whistleblower who triggered Trump's impeachment proceedings, and Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters.

"She became the biggest voice on the biggest issue facing the planet this year, coming from essentially nowhere to lead a worldwide movement."

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"She embodies youth activism. Her rise in influence has been really extraordinary. She was a solo protester with a hand-painted sign 14 months ago. She's now led millions of people around the world, 150 countries, to act on behalf of the planet, and she's really been a key driver this year taking this issue from backstage to center," said TIME's Editor-in-Chief Edward Felsenthal.

Thunberg wasn't the only one honored.

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Alongside Person of the Year, TIME launched four new categories to celebrate other important figures from 2019, including the US women's soccer team and Lizzo.

It really as been Thunberg's year.

"[Thunberg] also represents a broader generational shift in the culture that we're seeing from the campuses of Hong Kong to the protests in Chile to Parkland, Florida, where the students marched against gun violence, where young people are demanding change urgently." A stellar end to a stellar year for the inspirational teen.

However, some people don't seem to understand why she won the award...

I thought TIME made it pretty clear, but if some of you guys need a more thorough explanation, then here you go.

The magazine’s editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal published a follow-up that outlined the reasons behind their choice.

It read: "Thunberg stands on the shoulders – and at the side – of hundreds of thousands of others who’ve been blockading the streets and settling the science, many of them since before she was born."

It continued:

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"She is also the first to note that her privileged background makes her ‘one of the lucky ones’ as she puts it, in a crisis that disproportionately affects poor and indigenous communities. But this was the year the climate crisis went from behind the curtain to center stage, from ambient political noise to squarely on the world’s agenda, and no one did more to make that happen than Thunberg."

We already know that Trump isn't a huge Greta Thunberg fan...

And it seemed like the world was watching, waiting for him to respond to Greta's win.

And respond he eventually did.

And, of course, he did so via his favorite social media platform: Twitter!

Here's the tweet!

Yikes.

People on Twitter have been slamming the president for his response...

Many have deemed him a bully - after all, Greta is a sixteen-year-old girl and Trump is a seventy-three-year-old man...

And many have jumped to Greta's defense.

Greta's doing important work and we need her to have no chill...

But we can always count on Greta to defend herself...

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Go on, Greta! Keep scrolling to hear more about Greta and the incredible work she's doing.