Greta Thunberg addresses 'haters': 'They must simply feel so threatened by us'
© Aaron Schwartz

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. 

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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 TrumpRouhani says Iran will never seek nuclear weapons Trump downplays seriousness of injuries in Iran attack after US soldiers treated for concussions Trump says Bloomberg is 'wasting his money' on 2020 campaign 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 IngrahamGiuliani says he was 'misled' by Parnas Bill Kristol on McSally calling CNN reporter a liberal hack: 'I guess I'm liberal' McSally dismisses calls to apologize to CNN's Raju for 'liberal hack' comment: 'Called it like it is' 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.