Donald Trump Jr. is jealous over a teenager.
TIME magazinehonored 16-year-old Greta Thunberg – the courageous climate change activist who called out global leaders at September's UN climate change summit for their avarice – as 2019 person of the year.
But Trump's eldest son minimized the recognition by calling it merely a "marketing gimmick" and admonished the publishing giant for their audacity in appointing Thunberg over the President.
On Wednesday morning, the 41-year-old trustee and executive Vice President of the Trump Organization did exactly what his father wouldn't hesitate to do.
He complained on Twitter.
"Time leaves out the Hong Kong Protesters fighting for their lives and freedoms to push a teen being used as a marketing gimmick. How dare you?"
Time leaves out the Hong Kong Protesters fighting for their lives and freedoms to push a teen being used as a marke… https://t.co/YJYyhqoT7s— Donald Trump Jr. (@Donald Trump Jr.) 1576074163.0
Don Jr.'s closing "How dare you?" remark in his tweet is in reference to the phrase Thunberg passionately employed when confronting world leaders and accusing them of neglecting to reduce harmful carbon emissions, saying:
"This is all wrong. I shouldn't be up here. I should be back in school, on the other side of the ocean."
"Yet you have come to us young people for hope. How dare you? You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words."
Twitter put on its pouty-face for Don Jr. and ruthlessly mocked him.
@DonaldJTrumpJr The insecure, easily-threatened apple doesn't fall far from the tree.— John Pavlovitz (@John Pavlovitz) 1576098196.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr And Greta got this honor without any bulk sales.— President Rufus T. Firefly (@President Rufus T. Firefly) 1576078922.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr After you finish your mandatory training on how not to defraud a charity will you be taking one on… https://t.co/eOclUhP2vN— Jamie Schler (@Jamie Schler) 1576095194.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr A (supposedly) grown man targeting a teenager who has already done more for the planet than he'll e… https://t.co/y3YAIjcaw9— John Pavlovitz (@John Pavlovitz) 1576094514.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr There you go attacking children again.— Liddle’ Savage (@Liddle’ Savage) 1576090436.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr Well, she is trying to do something for the future of the planet; she is learning activism which is… https://t.co/jSczbLyk3E— 6 Foot Mother (@6 Foot Mother) 1576116051.0
The Hong Kong protestors expressed their rage over the now-suspended legislation allowing extraditions to mainland China and viewed the bill as a threat to the special administration region's "one country, two systems" form of governance.
People mocked Don Jr.'s cluelessness over the Hong Kong protests.
@DonaldJTrumpJr #Triggered by and attacking a teenager while pretending to know what is happening in Hong Kong, how… https://t.co/EbFBVFJJuX— MoveOn (@MoveOn) 1576077408.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr If only someone in Don Jr's family had the ability to help the Hong Kong protestors fighting for th… https://t.co/LcuOJ5rhwn— Brian Tyler Cohen (@Brian Tyler Cohen) 1576090019.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr Yeah, I am remembering all the times you have spoken up for the Hong Kong Protesters in the past si… https://t.co/tAX2rxRAl9— President Rufus T. Firefly (@President Rufus T. Firefly) 1576084831.0
Don Jr. has five children with the ex-wife he cheated on.
Is he not concerned for their futures?
@DonaldJTrumpJr Do you care about the only planet we have, dumbo? Well, you should. You frikin’ have 5 children.— More science, less quackery. (@More science, less quackery.) 1576148662.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr Although you abandoned them, you do have FIVE children. How dare YOU not care about the air they br… https://t.co/qaHXHI16we— Victoria Brownworth (@Victoria Brownworth) 1576103006.0
Thunberg was responsible for orchestrating the global climate strike on September 20, 2019, which became the largest climate demonstrations in human history with the attendance of 4 million participants.
The fearless teen is the youngest to be recognized in TIME's 92-year history.
@DonaldJTrumpJr Why are you triggered by a 15 year old?— David Weissman (@David Weissman) 1576093635.0
@davidmweissman @DonaldJTrumpJr Don Jr is triggered by people that are smarter than him . . . all 7.7 billion of us.— Abel Archer (@Abel Archer) 1576096851.0
Of course, Donald Trump was seething from being passed over for the honor and suggested the young activist work on her anger management issues.
Oh the irony.
@realDonaldTrump Greta must work on her anger management problem? Are you serious? I can’t believe Trump is this pe… https://t.co/d6zhD1GFxK— Eugene Gu, MD (@Eugene Gu, MD) 1576153624.0
@realDonaldTrump Greta Thunberg is dedicating her life fighting climate change because her generation has to deal w… https://t.co/lj9nJuTONB— Eugene Gu, MD (@Eugene Gu, MD) 1576153914.0
@realDonaldTrump .@GretaThunberg is a child. A girl. Someone with Asperger syndrome. And she’s an inspiration. You’… https://t.co/nUAQz97dwP— Andy Ostroy (@Andy Ostroy) 1576153873.0
Thunberg was among five finalists under consideration for the honor.
The others include anti-government protesters in Hong Kong, President Donald Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the anonymous whistle blower who prompted Donald Trump's impeachment process after disclosing the President's quid pro quo phone call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
The young adult ages 9 & up book Greta's Story: The Schoolgirl Who Went On Strike To Save The Planet is available here.