Greta Thunberg says it’s “just funny” when she’s personally attacked by world leaders like President Trump.
The 16-year-old Swedish climate change activist, who earlier this month was named Time‘s person of the year, spoke with Today on BBC Radio on Monday and was asked about recent attacks on her, such as when Trump lashed out at her in a tweet by claiming she has an anger management problem or when Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro called her a “brat.”
“Those attacks are just funny because they obviously don’t mean anything,” Thunberg said. “Well, I guess, of course, it means something. It means they are terrified of young people bringing change, which they don’t want.”
Thunberg went on to say that these attacks are “proof that we are actually doing something and that they see us as some kind of threat.”
This comes after Trump went after Thunberg on Twitter in response to Time‘s decision to name her person of the year, writing she “must work on her anger management problem, then go to a good old-fashioned movie with a friend!”
Asked in the BBC interview whether Trump is one of those people who sees her as a threat, Thunberg said “it’s possible.”
“Not me, of course, me myself alone am not much of a threat,” she added. “But it’s that I’m a part of a big movement that they probably see as a threat.”
Thunberg also reiterated that a meeting with Trump at the United Nations earlier this year would not have been productive, saying that even if she did have an opportunity to speak with the president, she “wouldn’t have wasted my time.”