Responding to climate activist Greta Thunberg being named TIME’s Person of the Year this week, President Trump lashed out with his usual vindictiveness, this time directed at a 16-year-old.
“So ridiculous,” Trump tweeted on Thursday. “Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Greta, Chill!”
Some called Trump’s tweet hypocritical, considering it came after a wave of outrage emanated from the Trump camp over Professor Pamela Karlan daring to mention the president’s son, Barron, during the impeachment hearings in Washington D.C. last week.
“A minor child deserves privacy and should be kept out of politics,” Melania Trump tweeted. “Pamela Karlan, you should be ashamed of your very angry and obviously biased public pandering, and using a child to do it.”
But many were wondering how the First Lady’s words square with the fact that her own husband clearly didn’t follow her advice — advice that’s the main message behind her BeBest anti-bullying campaign — which prompted Melania to address the apparent contradiction in a statement released today.
“BeBest is the First Lady’s initiative, and she will continue to use it to do all she can to help children,” read the White House statement released on behalf of Melania. “It is no secret that the President and First Lady often communicate differently — as most married couples do.”
Then, the statement seemed to justify Trump’s attack.
“Their son is not an activist who travels the globe giving speeches,” the statement continued. “He is a 13-year-old who wanted and deserves privacy.”
— Kate Bennett (@KateBennett_DC) December 13, 2019
Many saw the tweet as an attempt to blame Thunberg for Trump’s words.
Then maybe, just maybe @Presssec and @FLOTUS should not have been running around shining the Bat Signal on a bad pun that barely should have had the spark of static cling. #BarronTrump deserves MUCH better parents than what he got.
— Hermione Rufflebum (@_SavvyCat_) December 13, 2019
so hold up wait…..they are blaming the victim (Greta) here?
— Aaron Roth (@aaronjroth) December 13, 2019
Always a double standard in this Administration about everything. Ridiculous!
— J (@Grand2boys) December 13, 2019
“So it is OK for us to be hypocrites.”
That last part must have gotten cut out when you posted the screencapture, right? 😉
— 🇺🇸🇵🇷 Name is Bishop🌊 (@BishesBrew) December 13, 2019
Nothing else was expected. 🙄
— Håkan Dahlström 🇪🇺 (@hakandahlstrom) December 13, 2019
That’s why BeBest is a joke. She has no credibility on the issue
— Tanya Chirayil (@MsChiChi) December 13, 2019
Key winners at the 2020 Grammy Awards
Here is a list of winners in key categories at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards, which took place Sunday in Los Angeles.
Teenage goth-pop iconoclast Billie Eilish was the big winner with a total of five golden statuettes, including a clean sweep of the "big four" prizes.
Lizzo, the top nomination getter, won three prizes -- best pop solo performance, best urban contemporary album and best traditional R&B performance.
Album of the Year: Billie Eilish, "When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?"
How the world discovered the Nazi death camps
Images of what the Allies found when they liberated the first Nazi death camps towards the end of World War II brought the horror of the Holocaust to global attention.
Many of the ghastly pictures were at first held back from the broader public, partly out of concern for those with missing relatives.
The concentration and extermination camps were liberated one by one as the Allied armies advanced on Berlin in the final days of the 1939-1945 war.
The first was Majdanek in eastern Poland, which was freed on July 24, 1944 by the advancing Soviet Red Army.
John McEnroe blasts ‘homophobic’ Margaret Court ahead of Grand Slam honor
John McEnroe blasted fellow tennis great Margaret Court's "offensive and homophobic" views on Monday as the Australian Open prepared to mark 50 years since her calendar-year Grand Slam.
The American said Court, 77, was Tennis Australia's "crazy aunt" and that marking the golden anniversary of her 1970 Grand Slam was a "nightmare" for the governing body.
"There's only one thing longer than the list of Margaret Court's list of achievements: it's her list of offensive and homophobic statements," McEnroe said in a no-holds-barred video for Eurosport.
"Margaret Court is actually a ventriloquist, using the Bible as a dummy to say whatever she wants," added the seven-time Grand Slam winner.