After Donald Trump mocked 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg on Twitter, users of the social media platform hit back at him with a lesson from his wife, Melania Trump: #BeBest.
The anti-bullying hashtag created by the first lady was trending on Twitter after the president shared a video on Monday night of Thunberg urging global leaders at the United General Assembly Climate Action Summit to step up the fight against climate change—and made a seemingly sarcastic comment.
“She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future,” the president tweeted. “So nice to see!”
She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see! https://t.co/1tQG6QcVKO
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2019
Songwriter Holly Figueroa O’Reilly, who founded the Blue Wave Crowdsource supporting Democratic candidates, tweeted at the president, “Be best, a**hole,” along with the hashtag #GretaThunbergOutdidTrump.
O’Reilly, who sued the president for blocking her on Twitter, then addressed the first lady, whose “Be Best” initiative aims to help children by boosting their well-being and fighting opioid use and cyberbullying.
“Hey, @FLOTUS, is this what you meant when you said #BeBest?” O’Reilly tweeted. “Your husband is mocking a 16-year-old girl w/autism. If people mock [Melania and Donald’s son] Barron, we on the left are the first to condemn them. Why are you silent in this?”
Your husband is mocking a 16-year-old girl w/autism.
If people mock Barron, we on the left are the first to condemn them.
— Holly Figueroa O'Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) September 24, 2019
The president mocked Thunberg, who is on the autism spectrum, after a GIF went viral of the young Swedish activist staring him down as he walked by her in the United Nations lobby.
In a speech before the United Nations earlier on Monday, Thunberg criticized its proposal to cut emissions in half over the next 10 years as not aggressive enough.
“This is all wrong,” Thunberg said. “I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you all come to us young people for hope? How dare you!”
Twitter hammered Melania:
While Donald Trump, Michael Knowles, Ann Coulter, Dinesh D’Souza, Laura Ingraham, and Harold Cherry are bullying a 16 year old girl up for a Nobel peace prize,
I would like to congratulate Melania Trump on her amazing Be Best campaign against bullying.
Fuck you Melania.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) September 24, 2019
Over the past few years, Melania trump has masqueraded as an anti-bullying, "Be Best" advocate.
In the past few days, Conservative heads attacked Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old Climate Activist.
This seems to be a prime example of bullying.
Melania trump is SILENT.#BeBest
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) September 24, 2019
Melania Trump has defied her husband and the Republican Party by directing her anti-bullying rhetoric at conservative pundits and politicians who have viciously and publicly attacked a teenage girl for speaking out on climate change.
Just kidding, she hasn't said jack shit.
— Middle Age Riot (@middleageriot) September 24, 2019
— Andy Ostroy (@AndyOstroy) September 24, 2019
Way to #bebest. I guess you don’t like children unless they’re in a dressing room at a pageant.
— Senator Megan Hunt (@NebraskaMegan) September 24, 2019