Autism advocate groups spoke out in statements to The Hollywood Reporter after Michael Knowles called the teen activist a “mentally ill Swedish child.”
A Fox News spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter on Monday night that the network has “no plans” to book conservative podcast host Michael Knowles as a guest again after he referred to 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg as a “mentally ill Swedish child.”
Knowles, who hosts The Michael Knowles Show for The Daily Wire, made the remark during a Monday night news program on Fox News. After pushback from progressive guest Chris Hahn, Knowles said that Thunberg has “many mental illnesses,” including depression and obsessive compulsive disorder.
Thunberg, who sailed to New York City to speak at the United Nations General Assembly about the urgency of climate change, talks openly about having Asperger syndrome, which she calls her “superpower.”