- Greta Thunberg brilliantly trolled Donald Trump on Twitter, after Trump made a series of unfounded allegations of election fraud.
- Last year, Trump mocked Thunberg after she was named Time's Person of the Year, tweeting, "Chill Greta, Chill!"
- Thunberg, an icon, expertly turned Trump's own tweet against him 11 months later, writing, "Chill Donald, Chill!"
Environmental activist Greta Thunberg would, of course, be an icon whether or not she also happened to be extremely good at Twitter. But it is a gift to us all that she is! And it is my firm belief that there is not another on this planet who could wait 11 months after being publicly mocked by Donald Trump to deliver a response so perfect.
For context: In December 2019, after Thunberg was named Time's Person of the Year, Trump launched an absurdly condescending attack on the teenager who sparked a global movement for climate action. "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.
Skip to the present day, where the president of the United States is currently yelling on Twitter in all caps, making unfounded claims of voter fraud and, as a result, having every other tweet labeled as "misleading" by the social media platform itself. On Thursday, October 5, Trump tweeted, "STOP THE COUNT"—and Thunberg was ready and waiting. Quoting Trump's tweet, she wrote, "So ridiculous. Donald must work on his Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Donald, Chill!" Tell me, readers: How is it possible not to stan?
So ridiculous. Donald must work on his Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Donald, Chill! https://t.co/4RNVBqRYBANovember 5, 2020
In case you were curious, Trump's original tweet attracted about 200,000 likes. And Thunberg's, at time of publishing? 1.4 million.
Emily Dixon is a British journalist who’s contributed to CNN, Teen Vogue, Time, Glamour, The Guardian, Wonderland, The Big Roundtable, Bust, and more, on everything from mental health to fashion to political activism to feminist zine collectives. She’s also a committed Beyoncé, Kacey Musgraves, and Tracee Ellis Ross fan, an enthusiastic but terrible ballet dancer, and a proud Geordie lass.
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