Greta Thunberg Says ‘Haters’ Are Just Threatened by Her ‘Differences’: ‘#AspiePower’

Following an avalanche of media attention this week, Greta Thunberg responded on Twitter to her critics.

“Here we go again… As you may have noticed, the haters are as active as ever – going after me, my looks, my clothes, my behaviour and my differences,” the 16-year-old climate activist tweeted Wednesday, accusing her ideological opponents of coming up with “every thinkable lie and conspiracy theory.”

Thunberg has called her Asperger’s syndrome her “superpower” and has spoken about suffering from depression in the past.

“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,” she said in a followup tweet.

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“I guess they must simply feel so threatened by us,” she added, before asking her more than 2.3 million followers to stop paying attention to critics of climate change.


In a final tweet, Thunberg urged others to join her weekly “School Strike for Climate” on Friday. Approximately 4 million people participated in the event last Friday, according to Business Insider.

“See you in the streets this Friday!” she tweeted, while adding several hashtags which included, #aspiepower, a reference to her autism.

Greta Thunberg goes viral

A video showing Thunberg delivering an emotional speech about climate change went viral on Monday, dominating headlines, social media chatter – and sparking fierce debate among critics and advocates of climate change activism.

“This is all wrong,” said Thunberg during a U.N. summit. “I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you all come to us young people for hope? How dare you!”

“You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words,” Thunberg added. “And yet I’m one of the lucky ones. People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction. And all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!”

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After her speech, Thunberg happened to be in the lobby of U.N. headquarters when President Donald Trump arrived. Her scowl was captured by news cameras from around the world as they clamored around the president.

The reaction to Thunberg reflected the often partisan nature of the broader climate change debate.

Conservatives criticized what they perceived as her exploitation by adult activists. Liberals focused on the purported cruelty of those who would attack a child.

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