Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg has responded to US President Donald Trump’s latest social media sledge by immediately adopting it as her Twitter bio.
Trump assessed Time Magazine‘s decision to make the 16-year-old Swede its Person of the Year via Twitter late on Thursday night (local time).
“So ridiculous. Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Greta, Chill!”
But Thunberg responded by using his words herself.
“A teenager working on her anger management problem. Currently chilling and watching a good old fashioned movie with a friend,” Thunberg’s bio now reads.
Thunberg’s tactic mirrors her approach to the US president’s last attack, following her September speech at a UN climate summit in which she angrily criticised world leaders for their lack of action on climate change.
“She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!” Trump said of her then.
So Thunberg changed her bio to describe herself as “a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future”.
Thunberg also used the strategy earlier this week after Brazilian president Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro called her a “little brat” and in October, when Russian leader Vladimir Putin accused her of being manipulated by adults.
Trump was named Time’s Person of the Year in 2016, following his election victory over Hillary Clinton.
But about six months later the magazine asked him to remove fake Time covers from the walls of his various golf clubs.
The Washington Post reported in June 2017 that on the wall of Trump’s Florida Mar-a-Lago resort was a framed cover – supposedly from 2009 – featuring Trump and the words “Donald Trump: The ‘Apprentice’ is a television smash!”
It is believed the same cover was adorning the walls of several other clubs.
Time told the Washington Post the covers were faked and his company had been asked to remove them.
But in the wake of the Time announcement, Thunberg also took to Twitter to deny her efforts were any way political.
“If anyone thinks that what I and the science are saying is advocating for a political view – then that says more about that person than about me,” she wrote.
“That being said – some are certainly failing more than others.”
Then in a follow-up missive, Thunberg said she supports no political parties and “the politics needed don’t exist today, neither to the right, left nor centre”.
“I’ve never supported any political party, politician or ideology. I communicate the science and the risks of failing to act on it,” she wrote.