Childhood thief and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro called autistic environmentalist Greta Thunberg a “brat” after she highlighted the killing of two indigenous leaders on her Facebook page.
“Greta said that the Indians died because they were defending the Amazon,” Bolsonaro told reporters in Brasilia on Tuesday, adding “it is staggering the amount of coverage the press gives that brat” – using the Portuguese word ‘pirralha.’
Shortly after the insult, Thunberg changed her Twitter profile to say ‘Pirralha.’
The 16-year-old Thunberg shared a news report on Sunday about the killings of indigenous leaders in Brazil, writing “Indigenous people are literally being murdered for trying to protect the forest from illegal deforestation,” according to Bloomberg‘s Bruce Douglas.
In November, Bolsonaro claimed that actor Leonardo DiCaprio is responsible for the recent Amazon fires – claiming that organizations he’s given money to started the blazes.
“DiCaprio is a cool guy, isn’t he? Giving money to set the Amazon on fire,” -Jair Bolsonaro
Bolsonaro was referring to several non-governmental organizations (NGOs) under investigation by his administration, however no evidence exists that they had anything to do with the fires.
The Brazilian president isn’t the first world leader to snap at Thunberg, after both French President Emmanuel Macron and Russian President Vladimir Putin slammed the teen activist – with Putin asking “Go and explain to developing countries why they should continue living in poverty and not be like Sweden,” before suggesting that it was deplorable how some groups are using Thunberg to achieve their own goals.