Greta Thunberg addresses 'haters': 'They must simply feel so threatened by us'
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Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg addressed hate and backlash to the youth-led movement she’s helped spearhead as she encouraged her followers to again strike for the climate crisis. 

In a series of tweets just two days after the Nobel Prize candidate gave a speech at the U.N. Climate summit, the 16-year-old said the “haters are as active as ever” — attacking her looks, clothes, behavior and differences.

“They come up with every thinkable lie and conspiracy theory. It seems they will cross every possible line to avert the focus, since they are so desperate not to talk about the climate and ecological crisis,” Thunberg tweeted. 

“Being different is not an illness and the current, best available science is not opinions - it’s facts,” she added. 


Thunberg was criticized by some conservative commentators and even mocked by President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrumps light 97th annual National Christmas Tree Trump to hold campaign rally in Michigan 'Don't mess with Mama': Pelosi's daughter tweets support following press conference comments MORE, in the wake of her speech and climate strikes by activists worldwide. 

“I honestly don’t understand why adults would choose to spend their time mocking and threatening teenagers and children for promoting science, when they could do something good instead. I guess they must simply feel so threatened by us,” Thunberg wrote in her Instagram caption. “But the world is waking up. See you in the streets this Friday!”

Michael Knowles, a conservative host of the Daily Wire podcast, called Thunberg a “mentally ill child,” on Fox News this week, prompting an apology from the network. Knowles said he wasn't attacking Thunberg, but rather "the left for exploiting a mentally ill child."

Thunberg has been open about being diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome as well as ADHD, and has said her diagnosis has given her insight on her climate activism. 

Fox News host Laura IngrahamLaura Anne IngrahamHouse GOP wants Senate Republicans to do more on impeachment Vindman's lawyer requests Fox News retract guest's allegation about espionage Overnight Health Care: GOP senator says drug price action unlikely this year | House panel weighs ban on flavored e-cigs | New York sues Juul MORE on Monday night compared Thunberg and the youth climate activists to the murderous children in Stephen King’s “Children of the Corn” novel, saying they’ve been “brainwashed” by adults. 

Trump appeared to mock Thunberg, tweeting “she seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future,” in response to Thunberg’s speech at the climate summit hitting world leaders for stealing her future over their inaction on climate change. 

Thunberg briefly updated her Twitter bio with Trump’s description. 

Thunberg is continuing to call on students across the world to join the “Fridays for future” school strike. She started last year, protesting alone outside the Swedish parliament, which led to global demonstrations.