Thunberg delivered an impassioned climate plea at the Climate Action Summit earlier in the day, but it was Knowles's reference to Thunberg's Asperger's that prompted the backlash. Armed with a sign that read, "Skolstrejk för klimatet" (School strike for climate), Greta skipped school every Friday to urge her government to push stronger climate action.
The day before Thunberg's United Nations speech, D'Souza likened her image to ones used in Nazi propaganda, posting a photo on Twitter of Thunberg, wearing her signature long braids, next to an illustration of a young woman with a similar hairstyle standing in front of a swastika flag. Yet you have come to us young people for hope.
Calling it: Greta Thunberg, 16, will go down in history as one of the most influential activists of our time.
It's no surprise with that kind of gauntlet thrown down certain world leaders and economic interests - who can find more short term profit by ignoring the need for change - would find themselves in an adversarial position with the teen. He also compared climate science to "medieval witchcraft".
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Inspired by the young activist, millions of young people all over the world took to the streets to demand their governments to take action in the fight against climate change.
Two hours later, Ingraham said that Thunberg was like a charcter from Stephen King's horror novella and movie "Children of the Corn".
"They just burn out and potentially have a disastrous outcome". To borrow Morano's metaphor, climate-change deniers are reminiscent of witch hunters in the past, who hid behind the Bible and the authority of their gender in order to persecute innocent women. The notion that she was being used as a puppet was repeated by others, including conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza. "The eyes of all future generations are upon you, and if you choose to fail us, I say we will never forgive you".
Ignoring Hahn's barbs, Knowles told the radio host, "You can inveigh all you want, but unfortunately, you don't have many facts on your side". In both cases, teenagers are fledgling moral actors, and, as such, deserve to be taken seriously when they make political statements. They'll smother you with a pillow and think nothing of it. Right here, right now is where we draw the line.