So it begins: The Greta Thunberg mystique begins to unravel

So it begins: The Greta Thunberg mystique begins to unravel
David Hogg, Greta Thunberg (Images via Twitter)

Liberals who say they weren’t warned are urged to remember David Hogg, the foul-mouthed kid from Parkland, Fla. who was once the object of the intellectual Left’s intense admiration. Some were so convinced of his magnetism and staying power that they began measuring him for the suit he would someday wear to his presidential inauguration.

Then he appeared in public wearing an armband reminiscent of the ones worn by Hitler Youth and, for good measure, raised his hand in a Nazi-esque salute. The actions were an expression of ignorance, not conviction, but it was only a matter of time before the sun set on the skinny teen whose mother told him at the height of his phenom-ness, “You’re a f*cking superstar.”

Now the Left’s latest wunderkind is following the path Hogg trod. I am referring of course to Greta Thunberg, currently on the cover of Time magazine. Like Hogg, she has nothing to say really but — as with Hogg — her youthful indiscretions are beginning to mount.

Last week, for example, she wrote on Twitter, “I’m sometimes called ‘political’. But I’ve never supported any political party, politician or ideology.”

But if that’s true, critics noted, then how does she explain having been photographed in an Antifa shirt back in July? Does she believe this loosely knit, thuggish group is somehow an apolitical organization?

Image via Twitter

Whatever the case might  be, she pleaded ignorance in a tweet:

But then she stepped in it again this week, telling a group of admirers, “World leaders are still trying to run away from their responsibilities but we have to make sure they cannot do that. We will make sure that we put them against the wall.”

Again, she has apologized, taking to Twitter on Saturday to write:

That’s what happens when you improvise speeches in a second language. But of course I apologise if anyone misunderstood this.

So apparently in Sweden, the custom of lining people up in front of a firing squad is a sign of good hospitality or something. Duly noted.

Thunberg’s mother meanwhile has been busy setting the record straight herself. Via the Daily Mail:

Teenage activist Greta Thunberg’s mother has hit back at suggestions that she is secretly masterminding her schoolgirl phenomenon daughter’s global climate change campaign.

Malena Ernman has faced claims she is behind Greta’s decision to skip school and protest over the environment in a carefully orchestrated PR campaign to promote her new book.

But the glamorous blonde Swedish opera singer said she actually discouraged Greta from the strike and denied claims that anyone is telling her what to do.

Writing on Facebook, she said: ‘We, as parents, advised her against it and said we couldn’t support her because we have to make sure she goes to school.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer and regular contributor to "Liberty Unyielding."