Donald Trump has called 16-year-old Greta Thunberg “ridiculous.” To be clear, Greta Thunberg is a minor; a child with a political agenda, but a minor nonetheless. After Time named Greta Thunberg “Person of the Year” (a dubious honor Trump himself has been bestowed before) the President took it upon himself to tweet about the news and mentioning that Greta needs to “chill.”
Donald Trump’s youngest son, Barron Trump is only three years younger than Thunberg, but apparently, Trump still thinks it’s okay to mock a teenager in public. The double-standard here is obvious, even for parents who might be Trump supporters. If Trump wants to take issue with Thunberg’s politics, that’s one thing. But to openly mock her anger about climate change, and to diss her for a random (and meaningless) magazine title that she didn’t even want, is beyond petty.
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
The other problem with this is that it’s just not really the way you talk to “angry” children. Let’s just pretend — for the sake of argument — that Greta Thunberg is defying authority and acting out. This is what people like Donald Trump and his supporters think anyway. They think Thunberg’s anger is irrational. So just for fun, let’s say they are right. Greta Thunberg is being an unruly teenager. Guess what you would never do in that situation like this? You would never make fun of a kid and tell them to “chill.”
Basically, every single parenting expert and study on the planet says the same thing: If you think a teenager is acting out, you should not, respond emotionally, but, instead, have a measured response. Trump isn’t doing that.
Also, spoiler alert, Trump isn’t right. Greta Thunberg’s issue isn’t that she’s angry, but that she’s angry with good reason. Even Raffi gets it.
Humorously, Thunberg has already added Trump’s attacks into her Twitter bio, noting she is a “teenager working on her anger management problem.” Hilarious!
Maybe, the person who needs to chill is the grown-man who is on Twitter all day long and not the 16-year-old who is trying to change the world for future generations. Smart parents know who the bad guy is here and it’s not the teenager.