Prominent conservatives, including President Donald Trump’s eldest son Donald Trump Jr., tore into Time magazine on Wednesday for naming 16-year-old climate change activist Greta Thunberg its 2019 “Person of the Year.”
In a tweet responding to Time’s announcement, Trump Jr. mocked the climate activist as “a teen being used as a marketing gimmick,” saying pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong deserved the honor. He also used Thunberg’s now-iconic phrase “How dare you?” in a twist to call out the magazine.
“Time leaves out the Hong Kong Protesters fighting for their lives and freedoms to push a teen being used as a marketing gimmick,” he posted. “How dare you?”
Time leaves out the Hong Kong Protesters fighting for their lives and freedoms to push a teen being used as a marketing gimmick.
How dare you? https://t.co/dnV9mESM6G
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) December 11, 2019
In September, President Trump mocked Thunberg on Twitter hours after she delivered an emotional plea to world leaders at the United Nations.
“She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!” President Trump sarcastically tweeted at the time.
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
Earlier that day, Thunberg gave an impassioned speech at the U.N., railing against world leaders during the General Assembly climate summit.
A week later, Trump fired off yet another tweet mocking the autistic teen.
Trump quote-tweeted a supporter with the username @Opinion8dKellie who had shared a video clip of Thunberg’s speech and accused Thunberg of being “an actress.”
The Twitter user, whose bio reads, “Trump will win 2020-PERIOD,” tweeted: “What an actress! ‘I should be in school.’ She’s getting the best education socialism can steal, I won’t be held hostage by someone who just got a learner’s permit. Sorry kiddo! Tell Al to try again.”
“Keep up the great work Kellie!” Trump tweeted on Thursday morning while endorsing @Opinion8dKellie’s “actress” accusation.
Keep up the great work Kellie! https://t.co/PcAnK009EW
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 3, 2019
Time’s editor-in-chief, Edward Felsenthal, described Thunberg as the “biggest voice on the biggest issue facing the planet” in announcing her as Person of the Year on Wednesday morning.
“She 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, Fla., where the students marched against gun violence ,where young people are demanding change urgently,” he said.
Other conservative commentators also claimed the prestigious accolade should have been awarded to the Hong Kong protesters.
The @TIME Person of the Year should have been the Hong Kong Protestors.
Risking your life for a Free Hong Kong — standing up to an authoritarian government that put dissenters into concentration camps and harvests their organs — this is real courage.
— Eric Brakey (@SenatorBrakey) December 11, 2019