Anthony Scaramucci called President Donald Trump a “bully and a punk” for Trump’s remarks about teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg. Scaramucci attacked the president in a tweet responding to another Twitter user’s criticism of Trump for the same thing.
This week, Time magazine bestowed its Person Of The Year honor on Thunberg, a 16-year-old Swedish girl who has gained the attention of the entire world for her advocacy regarding climate change. Trump, who steadfastly refuses to acknowledge climate change, repeatedly calling it a “hoax,” lashed out at the magazine and Thunberg over the honor.
In a Thursday morning tweet, Trump accused the teenager, whose style can be considered confrontational, of having an “anger management problem” and told her to “chill” in a since-deleted tweet.
“So ridiculous. Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Greta, Chill!”
Thunberg, for her part, changed her Twitter bio to read, “A teenager working on her anger management problem. Currently chilling and watching a good old fashioned movie with a friend.”
As Thunberg and Trump continue to trade barbs with each other, Twitter users are noting the inappropriateness of a 73-year-old man — the most powerful man in the world, no less — going after a teenager. In particular, a teenager with Asperger’s Syndrome, which Thunberg has. The condition can cause difficulties in communication, perhaps resulting in Thunberg’s unapologetic and confrontational speaking style.
Twitter user Maggie Haberman noted that Asperger’s can be difficult in the most mundane of circumstances, to say nothing of how it must affect a person who is the target of the wrath of POTUS.
Asperger’s is difficult for teenagers through under any circumstance. Being mocked by the president of the US – whose allies get very angry about what gets said about some children – is its own category https://t.co/uGxRdyRMA3
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) December 12, 2019
Scaramucci, who briefly served in the Trump White House and who has since become a vocal critic of his former boss, responded to Haberman.
“A bully and a punk. No normal person would find this sort of behavior tolerable. Much less from a global leader.
@realDonaldTrump is a despicable person,” he wrote.
It’s not the first time Scaramucci has publicly called out his former boss. In fact, in October he co-wrote a Washington Post op-ed in which he called for Trump’s impeachment.
“President Trump must be impeached by the House and removed from office, either by the Senate or at the ballot box on Nov. 3, 2020,” Scaramucci and his co-writer, Lanny Davis, opined.
Though he’s vocally critical of Trump at times, Scaramucci also gives credit where he says credit is due when it comes to the 45th president.