President Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Colorado Springs on Thursday erupted into loud boos after the president complained that he “got beaten out by Greta” for TIME magazine’s “Person of the Year” award in 2019.
“I got beaten up by Greta - you know Greta?” Trump asked the crowd, referring to Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg, who recently celebrated her 17th birthday.
The crowd responded with loud boos as the president shook his head after goading the audience with his question.
“Last year I got beaten out — I’ve won it, but when the world revolves around all of us, we should be chosen,” he continued, twirling his finger in a circle on stage. “I mean, we’ve won it. But we should win it every single year.”
While complaining about Time Magazine, Trump goads his audience into booing teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg pic.twitter.com/vz3MS1twuw
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 21, 2020
Trump has previously complained about losing to Thunberg, notably during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland earlier this year.
“So ridiculous. Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Greta, Chill!” Trump tweeted in December.
In October, Trump fired off a tweet mocking Thunberg, a week after he mocked her emotional plea to world leaders at the United Nations summit.
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.
The tweet came weeks after Trump faced backlash for appearing to mock Thunberg in a tweet the previous month.
“She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!” Trump said in a tweet then that also featured a similar clip of Thunberg’s remark from the U.N. summit.
Thunberg responded to the attack by changing her bio to read, “A very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future.”