Greta Thunberg, the Swedish 17-year-old who sparked globals protests over the climate crisis, has endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden for president. Thunberg said that the election was "above and beyond" party politics, encouraging her followers "to vote Biden."
"I never engage in party politics," the teenage activist wrote. "But the upcoming US elections are above and beyond all that. From a climate perspective, it’s very far from enough and many of you of course supported other candidates. But, I mean…you know…damn! Just get organized and get everyone to vote Biden."
President Trump has dismantled many of the climate policies put in place by President Barack Obama. The Trump administration pulled the United States out of the Paris climate agreement, which many scientists have labelled a devastating move for the climate.
Trump has also attacked Thunberg personally. After the climate activist was named TIME's Person of the Year in 2019, President Trump sarcastically tweeted: "She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!"
Soon after, President Trump took another jab at Thunberg, writing in response to a tweet congratulating Thunberg: "So ridiculous. Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Greta, Chill!"
The move prompted Thunberg to change 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"
Before becoming president, Donald Trump had claimed that global warming "was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive."
In another tweet from 2013, Trump wrote: "We should be focused on magnificently clean and healthy air and not distracted by the expensive hoax that is global warming!"
And in 2014, he added: "This very expensive GLOBAL WARMING bulls**t has got to stop. Our planet is freezing, record low temps, and our GW scientists are stuck in ice."
The overwhelming majority of scientists agree that the climate crisis is real and that human emissions are contributing to the problem.