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Trump tweet mocking Greta Thunberg sparks backlash

President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden prepares to confront Putin Biden aims to bolster troubled Turkey ties in first Erdoğan meeting Senate investigation of insurrection falls short MORE's Thursday morning tweet criticizing 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has sparked considerable backlash among Democratic lawmakers and presidential candidates.

In his tweet, Trump said it was "ridiculous" that Thunberg had been named Time's "Person of the Year," adding that she needed to "work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend!"

"Chill Greta, Chill!" Trump added.

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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden prepares to confront Putin Ukrainian president thanks G-7 nations for statement of support Biden aims to bolster troubled Turkey ties in first Erdoğan meeting MORE, a front-runner in the field of Democrats vying for the party's nomination next year, tweeted that Trump "could learn a few things from Greta on what it means to be a leader."

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Freshman Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) mocked Trump, tweeting "nothing says 'mature temperament' like getting rankled by a 16 year old activist."

Other Democrats noted that by going after Thunberg, Trump was undercutting first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpJill Biden, Kate Middleton visit school together in first meeting Jill Biden wears 'LOVE' jacket 'to bring unity' to meeting with Boris Johnson White House gets back to pre-COVID-19 normality MORE's "Be Best" campaign, which encourages children to be kind on social media and speak “with respect and compassion.”

Melania Trump last week criticized legal expert Pamela Karlan after Karlan mentioned the Trumps' teenage son, Barron, during testimony as part of the House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry. Karlan later apologized for her remarks.

"Melania, we agree. Children are off limits," Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersThe tale of the last bipartisan unicorns Tulsa marks race massacre centennial as US grapples with racial injustice Fauci may have unwittingly made himself a key witness for Trump in 'China Flu' hate-speech case MORE (D-Calif.) tweeted Thursday. "Tell your husband to #bebest and go enroll himself in anger management instead of attacking such a brilliant and courageous teenager fighting for climate change."

The Trump campaign on Thursday tweeted an edited cover of Time magazine's "Person of the Year" issue that depicted the president's face on Thunberg's body. The tweet suggested the magazine had erred in giving the annual award to Thunberg and listed accomplishments of the administration.

This isn't the first time that Trump has attacked Thunberg on Twitter. After the activist made her impassioned speech before the U.N. General Assembly in September, Trump mocked her, saying she "seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!"

Thunberg, like she has with much the criticism that has come her way, took Trump's latest criticism in stride. She changed her Twitter bio to read: "A teenager working on her anger management problem. Currently chilling and watching a good old fashioned movie with a friend."