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Trump’s ‘Hilarious’ Reaction to Teen Climate Activist’s Rant Goes Viral

President Donald Trump responded to Greta Thunberg’s angry climate change speech on Monday evening with what many took to be dismissive humor. 

In a tweet just before midnight, Trump shared a video of Thunberg, a 16-year-old Swedish climate activist, bitterly accusing world leaders of destroying her future with their inaction on climate change.

“This is all wrong,” said Thunberg. “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!”

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“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!”

The president commented on the video: “She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!”

Critics outraged that Trump would tweet critically about Greta Thunberg

The president’s critics were outraged by his apparent irreverence.

Political analyst Amr Khalifa called Trump “the most unfeeling ‘person’ on earth” for “bullying a teenager.”

However, many conservatives defended Trump.

The Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra said he was “right to mock this idiotic message,” which he deemed anti-capitalist media propaganda.

After Thunberg’s speech, she and Trump crossed paths in the lobby of U.N. headquarters, and her scowl, captured by assembled news cameras from around the world, also prompted a reaction online.

Many progressives said they related to Thunberg’s seeming antipathy toward the president― a skeptic of climate science who has rolled back environmental rules and initiatives and vowed to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord.

Meanwhile, conservative pundit Benny Johnson called a meme of the Trump-Thunberg moment the “Greatest GIF in human history.”

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Johnson said Trump’s apparent disregard for the teen, who he said was being exploited by the left, “demonstrates how all Americans should treat annoying, foreign, communist propagandists on our soil.”

It was unclear how Thunberg, who sailed from the United Kingdom to New York to minimize her “carbon footprint,” planned to return home.

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  • Greta Thunberg./President Donald Trump: Screen grabs

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