The President of the United States might still be the president, but his behavior toward some teenagers is getting very reminiscent of a high school bully who can count on his rich dad to buy his way out of trouble. The comparison latest victim of Trump’s impetuous nonsense is Greta Thunberg, a literal teenager.
Now there are those who argue that by becoming a leading figure in the global movement to fight climate change, Thunberg has opened herself up to criticisms not normally levied at 17-year-old girls. But even if you accept that’s true, it’s difficult to justify a grown man who acts as Trump does, and that he’s chosen a girl who was born in 2003 just makes it extra pathetic.
Trump and Thunberg recently found themselves in the same room at the World Economic Forum in Davos. He couldn’t resist an opportunity to criticize “perennial prophets of doom and their predictions of the apocalypse,” an extremely unsubtle jab at her scientifically correct insistence that climate change is a dire threat to humanity.
Trump’s in-person barbs were a continuation of the cyberbullying he’s aimed her way. After Thunberg was named Time‘s Person of the Year, he accused her of having an “anger management problem.” Like any bully, Trump was clearly masking a deep-seated sense of inferiority, as it’s no secret how much he covets Time magazine.
So ridiculous. Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Greta, Chill! https://t.co/M8ZtS8okzE
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2019
And that wasn’t even the first time. Trump mocked Thunberg in September after she sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to speak at the UN General Assembly meeting in New York.
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
You can just tell that Trump thought this one was soooo clever, that his only priority was knocking down this younger, smaller, much less powerful person even if it revealed him to be crazy insecure. It’s like his Biff or Griff Tanne from the Back to the Future movies, constantly yelling: “Greta! I thought told you never to come in here!” Actually, come ot think of it, Trump actually is most like “Mad Dog” Tannen from Back to the Future III, minus the cowboy hat.
But as has been the case for his entire life, Trump is going to do and say whatever he wants to do, largely protected from consequence. That he continues to act like this well into his 70s suggests that, unlike the bullies at the local high school, there’s no hope that he’ll see the error of his ways and start acting like an adult. If someone talked this way to Trump’s kids, he wouldn’t stand for it, and we shouldn’t either.