Donald Trump Just Bullied Greta Thunberg, Who Has Asperger

Time Magazine named teen activist Greta Thunberg their 2019 Person of the Year, making her the youngest person to be recognized. This is a much-deserved honor for a very worthy young woman.

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Photograph by Evgenia Arbugaeva for TIME

Want to support Greta? You can buy her book.

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Here is Time’s official statement.

“For sounding the alarm about humanity’s predatory relationship with the only home we have … for showing us all what it might look like when a new generation leads, Greta Thunberg is TIME’s 2019 Person of the Year.”

Greta famously spoke at the United Nations climate conference, gaining attention from people all over the world, including the U.S. president, Donald Trump. However, Trump’s attention wasn’t positive and he immediately began to bully the young woman, which created a snowball of his sycophants also bullying her.

The Latest Bullying of Greta Thunberg by Donald Trump

Predictably, when Time announced their “Person of the Year,” Trump again took to Twitter to bully Greta Thunberg.

In response, Greta didn’t even speak his name, but she updated her Twitter bio.

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Bravo, Greta Thunberg! Bravo!

Criticism of Trump Bullying Greta Thunberg

Naturally, there is no shortage of people criticizing Trump’s bullying of Greta Thunberg, including former Republican Governor of Ohio John Kasich.

Here’s a statement from first lady Melania Trump in regards to using social media to bully people.

“In today’s global society, social media is an inevitable part of our children’s daily lives. It can be used in many positive ways, but can also be destructive and harmful when used incorrectly. This is why ‘Be Best’ chooses to focus on the importance of teaching our next generation how to conduct themselves safely and in a positive manner in an online setting.”

Although noble-sounding, Melania’s statement wasn’t a defense of Greta Thunberg. It’s a statement she used when she announced her cause: the Be Best campaign to conquer online bullying. Although it’s almost a joke considering what a bully her husband is, it’s not a very funny joke, is it?

Meanwhile, earlier this month, Melania Trump tweeted this after her son Barron’s name was invoked by Stanford University professor Pamela Karlan during the House Judiciary Committee’s first impeachment hearing.

Melania Trump’s Plea About Minor Children

Yeah, OK Melania. Whatever you say. You’re asking a lot of folks who are sitting by watching a teenaged girl suffering bullying at the hands of your husband.

Greta Thunberg Is on the Autism Spectrum

Moreover, here’s a little-known fact. Greta has Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism. So Trump is bullying a child who is on the Autism spectrum.

[Greta] Thunberg is 16 but looks 12. She usually wears her light brown hair pulled into two braids, parted in the middle. […] has Asperger’s syndrome, which means she doesn’t operate on the same emotional register as many of the people she meets. She dislikes crowds; ignores small talk; and speaks in direct, uncomplicated sentences. She cannot be flattered or distracted. She is not impressed by other people’s celebrity, nor does she seem to have interest in her own growing fame. But these very qualities have helped make her a global sensation. Where others smile to cut the tension, Thunberg is withering. Where others speak the language of hope, Thunberg repeats the unassailable science: Oceans will rise. Cities will flood. Millions of people will suffer. (Time)

Regardless, know this: Greta Thunberg will do beautiful things with her life (already has) and nothing Donald Trump says will change that.

Tiffany Willis Clark is a fifth-generation Texan and the founder and editor-in-chief of Liberal America and AmReading.com. An unapologetic member of the Christian Left, she had a long and successful career actively working with at-risk youth, people struggling with poverty and unemployment, and disadvantaged and oppressed populations. She’s passionate about their struggles. In 2011, she made the decision to pursue her dreams and become a full-time writer. Connect with her on LinkedIn, follow her on Twitter, and like her Facebook page.