Michelle Obama Defends Greta Thunberg After Trump Mocks: ‘Ignore the Doubters’

A petty and self-dealing man

Hours after the president of the United States ridiculed a 16-year-old Swedish climate change activist who was chosen as Time magazine's "Person of the Year," a former first lady came to her defense.

Time named Thunberg its Person of the Year for her climate activism.

On Thursday morning, the President accused Thunberg of having an "Anger Management problem" and mockingly suggested that she "go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend" in a tweet that was met with backlash. Many critics cited the First Lady's #BeBest campaign, which discourages bullying, as an example of the seeming disconnect between the West and East Wings of the White House.

Following the President's tweet, Thunberg updated her Twitter bio to reflect Trump's comments.


Thunberg, who has inspired protesters worldwide to push for action in combating the climate crisis, was named Time magazine's Person of the Year this week.

On Friday, she made a statement to CNN reporter Kate Bennett through White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham, who sent out a statement reading, "BeBest is the First Lady's initiative, and she will continue to do all she can to help children. Now chilling and watching a good old fashioned movie with a friend", Thunberg's Twitter bio now reads.

Thunberg, a Swedish teen who began skipping school a year ago to hold weekly climate vigils, has not held back when it comes to chastising politicians - and older generations - on their inaction on global warming. When her own child was brought into the limelight over a political matter, Melania Trump had tweeted that "a minor child deserves privacy and should be kept out of politics".

"[The first lady] told me she sometimes takes the president's phone away", Rogers tweeted at the time, per Newsweek.

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