For what it’s worth, Greta Thunberg has apologized to everyone who misinterpreted her comment earlier about putting world leaders against the wall. While it sure sounded like she was describing a firing squad, she has said she was improvising in her second language, and all she meant was to hold them accountable. Guess the line didn’t poll well.
In other Greta news, the Washington Post has a piece centered around Thunberg reminding us all that although she might fall on the autism spectrum, she and others like her deserve not to be dismissed as the pawns of others.
Perspective: Autistic young people deserve serious respect and attention — not dismissal as the pawns of others. https://t.co/xSTOgvf3BN
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) December 14, 2019
Donald Trump’s attempts to discredit Thunberg are the latest attempt to show autistic people can’t speak for themselves? We’ll admit that Trump could maybe tweet a little less about Thunberg, but what tweet attempted to show that all autistic people can’t speak for themselves?
NARRATOR: Actually, Greta is a pawn of others. https://t.co/JQ2WKBSU49
— RBe (@RBPundit) December 14, 2019
When one becomes a "public figure" regardless of age, health, condition or cause, that person is subject to comment from every source. Parents should think twice before subjecting their kids to the "public" spotlight. https://t.co/f8KKH8UnSq
— DoctorD (@Dcitizen911) December 14, 2019
True, but of course respect does not preclude potentially harsh criticism. https://t.co/I7dl1aqxrK
— Herostratos (@amenalkHelios) December 14, 2019
So, then it’s fine to hold them to the same tough standard as everyone else, because I keep getting told I have to defer to them? https://t.co/2hBjqSxvAt
— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) December 14, 2019
What about parents using their autistic kids? Where do you stand on that? ? https://t.co/1etKmp8J4F
— John the Maintenance Guy ??? (@JohnMaintenanc1) December 14, 2019
She's not being dismissed because she's autistic.
So stop it. https://t.co/osFNObN5MP
— Charles Flemming (@ChasFlemming) December 14, 2019
Are we to then abandon *any* concern that child activists may be the pawn of others?
Because they also deserve not to be exploited by adults as mouthpieces for a social/political agendas, as well as having their youth and disability used as shields against criticism. https://t.co/vPxfAdQ56I
— Scribe Light (@Scribe_Light) December 14, 2019
Her entire argument is an appeal to emotion, so I'll give that argument the respect it deserves: none. https://t.co/HaNW64V67q
— Molarkey (@molratty) December 14, 2019
It seems simple, either she’s mature enough to be taken seriously in the discussion and as such can be challenged on it or she’s just a child and should not be taken seriously.
— Jon (@faroutmadman) December 14, 2019
I don't care if someone is young and autistic: if you're pushing policies that will take my money, increase my cost of living, and limit my freedom, liberty, and choice, I will slam them.
And no way is St. Greta of Stockholm doing this all on her own.
— WilliamTeach2 (@WTeach2) December 14, 2019
Autistic kids who have been brainwashed, indoctrinated and traumatized by their parents and adults with an agenda deserve respect and freedom from criticism when they voluntarily insert themselves into complex policy issues like climate change. Nope.
— Toby T (@Tobizoid) December 14, 2019
It's just more cover for the "We'll trot an autistic child out to scream at you but don't you dare complain about it" group.
This crap is getting so boring ?
— Persnickety (@Dawnsfire) December 14, 2019
She has been made the face of the climate change cult, so they can do exactly this, avoid anyone questioning or criticizing them. It's child abuse. Her parents and other adult handlers should be slammed for it.
— Joe (@JoeC1776) December 14, 2019
I have an autistic son who has completed two years of college w/ a 3.94 GPA while Greta has been truant from school. He disagrees with her on virtually everything. Waiting for his invitation to speak to the UN to tell them she’s full of crap.
— Die Hard is a Christmas Movie (@NakatomiXmas) December 14, 2019
She’s the ultimate pawn of the left. This is truly the day that irony died for good. https://t.co/StnTSqowhP
— Judgmental Baptist (@PeculiarBaptist) December 14, 2019
Again, you cannot have this both ways. If they deserve serious respect and attention, then they are also subject to serious criticism, and, yes, mockery. This OMG NEUROATYPICAL CHIIIILLLLLDDD but you totes must listen to them too, you monster, is so pathetic. https://t.co/EUUfNVkjGj
— alexandriabrown (@alexthechick) December 14, 2019
CZ Admit it: only as long as she spouts off your political views. The instant she says something with which you disagree, you'll condemn her parents and declare her statements null and void. Yes, you are this predictably stupid. https://t.co/jEGM5ZYjkB
— The Gormogons (@Gormogons) December 14, 2019
She shouldn't be ridiculed, but I wonder if you'd have published this if she were, say, pro-Israel and people dismissed and belittled her.
— Chris Hamilton (@caxdj) December 14, 2019
Of course they wouldn't.
— OregonMuse (@OregonMuse) December 15, 2019
She's a marketing tool. She will be dumped the second it's perceived that she is no longer useful. It's really sad, a lesson in how modern-day media uses people to advance messaging.
— Greg Martin (@SelkirkArt) December 14, 2019
She’s either being used by the Left or she’s just a child who said “We’re going to put world leaders against the wall”
I was willing to say it was her handler’s fault, but you do you. https://t.co/wiiTwxiWPa
— The Dank Knight ? (@capeandcowell) December 14, 2019
Okay. Let's play that way. She has addressed the United Nations and world leaders of all stripes. We'll hold her accountable all on her own.
She just expressed the desire to put political leaders up against the wall if they don't do as she wants. Hold her accountable. https://t.co/igpZILRE5q
— Aldous Huxley's Ghost™ (@AF632) December 14, 2019
All people deserve respect. Don't equate that to a sanctimonious teenager scolding adults about her lost childhood while gallivanting around the world for free and ditching school. ??♂️ https://t.co/QRSB9ZJ6ch
— Sandpit Nostep (@rev_entertain) December 14, 2019
The whole point of having an autistic teen aged girl winning the audition for Climate Armageddon spokes person, is so anyone who criticizes or challenges her "we have a decade to live" fear mongering rhetoric , can be attacked by media and accused of attacking a child.
— Ed Jackson (@Roderickoooo) December 14, 2019
Serious respect and attention implicitly includes criticism, scrutiny, and pushback. That's what being an adult means. You can't have this both ways, children.
— Dan (@LawoftheGator) December 14, 2019
By the way, in case you forgot Thunberg has Aspberger’s, CNN’s Chris Cillizza was there to remind you. Funny how progressives always bring that up whenever she’s criticized.
The president of the United States made fun of a 16 year old girl with Aspberger's.
If we can't universally condemn that, then what the hell is wrong with us?https://t.co/7jb8cbR2fJ
— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) December 12, 2019
Democrats long for the days when Republicans shriveled in the face of their human shields. Those days are gone.
Also, Democrats would throw Greta into the depths of the Atlantic if she was championing a conservative cause. https://t.co/cHwNhOGucB
— Jesse Kelly (@JesseKellyDC) December 14, 2019
It’s amazing how much of the messaging from the Democrat-Media Alliance has been some form of, “Why won’t you let me shame you into silence like I used to?!”
— Jesse Kelly (@JesseKellyDC) December 14, 2019
I keep hearing she has Aspergers, but I would never have known she has it if the MSM didn’t tell me. I would ask them why it is relevant. When someone goes on a shame-on-you world tour they are fair game no matter how old they are.
— Dan Larson (@DanielPLarson) December 14, 2019
Greta Thunberg goes full dictator, vows to 'put world leaders against the wall' https://t.co/kvoQZi6nNY
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) December 14, 2019