Trump slammed for trolling Greta Thunberg climate speech
US President Donald Trump stirred up fresh outrage on social media on Monday with a tweet mocking an impassioned speech made by 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg at the UN climate summit in New York.
Her voice shaking with emotion in an address that was the defining moment of the summit, Thunberg accused world leaders of betraying her generation by failing to act on rising emissions, repeating the words 'how dare you' four times.
'You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words, and yet I'm one of the lucky ones,' she said. 'People are suffering. People are dying.'
'She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!' climate-skeptic Trump tweeted a few hours later, alongside a clip of the speech.
The trolling of the teen activist – who suffers from Asperger's syndrome, a mild form of autism – racked up more than 16,000 responses in three hours, many of them attacking the US president.
'DonaldTrump picking on an innocent young girl is absolutely disgusting!!' wrote one user.
#DonaldTrump picking on an innocent young girl is absolutely disgusting!! 🤡— Jules Morgan (@glamelegance) September 24, 2019
She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see! https://t.co/1tQG6QcVKO— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2019
Doctor and social media activist Eugene Gu labelled Trump's tweet as 'sarcsatic', and said that it was a 'new low' for the President.
The President of the United States making a sarcastic, snide comment to make fun of a 16-year-old passionate about fighting climate change is a new low for Trump. Disgusting.— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) September 24, 2019
Sarcasm! Nice! So predictable from a climate denier!— The Commander 🇬🇧 🇺🇸 (@ChocaholicBrit) September 24, 2019
President of United States attacks 16 year old girl who cares about public policy issue.— Elie Honig (@eliehonig) September 24, 2019
Dear @GretaThunberg,— Peter Murphy (@PeterWMurphy1) September 24, 2019
Sending you thanks and praise for your intelligent, articulate and passionate rebuke of our world's leaders for their shameful inaction on #ClimateChange, despite their knowledge of the scientific evidence we are facing a #ClimateEmergency. Thank you.
Thunberg and Trump were briefly in the same small room as they arrived for the summit, with video showing the teen glowering at the president as he passed by with his entourage.
The bottom line: pic.twitter.com/gjCgepZ4Ex— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) September 24, 2019
Thunberg has become the global face of a growing youth movement against climate inaction that mobilized millions in a worldwide strike on Friday.
Her struggle began quietly in August 2018 when she skipped school for the first three weeks, and then on Fridays to spend the day outside Sweden's Parliament with a sign labelled 'school strike for climate'.
In August, she crossed the Atlantic in a two-week journey on a sailboat to attend the climate summit in New York. She refuses to fly because of the carbon emissions caused by planes.