Sixteen year old environmental rights activist Greta Thunberg was named Time Magazine's Person of the Year after taking the world by storm in 2019.
While congratulations for Thunberg inundated the internet, not everyone was pleased. One of the harshest—and most powerful—of Thunberg's critics was sitting in the White House.
Shortly before the gavel went down commencing debate in the House Judiciary Committee to finalize the articles of impeachment against him, President Donald Trump targeted the teenager with a caustic tweet to his 67 million followers.
The president of the United States publicly told the 16 year old girl to take care of her "anger management problem."
So ridiculous. Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend… https://t.co/O8CxbQbeKR— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1576153347.0
By 10 AM, Trump had tweeted or retweeted over 90 times.
Just last week, when Stanford Law Professor Pamela Karlan noted in impeachment hearings before the Judiciary Committee, the Right raged when Karlan said the name of Trump's 13 year old son, Barron Trump.
First Lady Melania Trump swiftly responded to Karlan's remark.
A minor child deserves privacy and should be kept out of politics. Pamela Karlan, you should be ashamed of your ver… https://t.co/7BTbAKdWW4— Melania Trump (@Melania Trump) 1575496228.0
Yet the First Lady and practically all Republicans who criticized Karlan for making the remark stayed silent.
People noticed the hypocrisy and soon "#BeBest"—the name of the First Lady's anti-cyberbullying initiative—began trending.
Melania trump jumped her #BeBest ass on twitter last week & let the GOP use her child for fake outrage This is why… https://t.co/ymrsfriEwN— ABlackWomanWhoDontGiveAF*ck (@ABlackWomanWhoDontGiveAF*ck) 1576160992.0
Tell your mobster husband to stop attacking a teenage girl. #BeBest @Flotus https://t.co/JDpGhfVvZs— Kimberley Johnson (@Kimberley Johnson) 1576162957.0
Facing impeachment, our 73 year old “president” is attacking a 16 year old girl with Aspergers, who is known the wo… https://t.co/OsgbjZ7h83— MΞGAN KΞLLΞY HALL (@MΞGAN KΞLLΞY HALL) 1576157194.0
What happened to don't mention Barron's name because he is a minor? #BeBest @FLOTUS and tell your bully of a husban… https://t.co/hbwp8smMhL— Pamela Walker (@Pamela Walker) 1576160681.0
People didn't hold back in criticizing the President either.
Seriously, imagine being a 73 year old man in the most powerful office in the world, having inherited a fortune fro… https://t.co/2kzhgsBywi— Jennifer Hayden (@Jennifer Hayden) 1576158539.0
Thank the gods the leader of our country, a 73 year old man, has a faceless digital platform from which he can bull… https://t.co/fuzNM7FFYM— Jon Risinger (@Jon Risinger) 1576163561.0
Trump's obsession with being named Time's Person of the Year is well-documented, so this isn't exactly a surprise.
Greta—whom Trump urged to "chill"—remained unbothered.
Greta is so much better at this than he is. #BeBest https://t.co/kUOvRuaIi8— Aisha Sultan (@Aisha Sultan) 1576160328.0
That's how to be best.