Greta Thunberg says Andrew Tate spat was 'positive' as he faces 'harsh prison punishment'



Greta Thunberg says her public Twitter spat with Andrew Tate turned out "positive" in the end – amid claims he faces "harsh punishment" in prison.

The former Big Brother star, 36, who is currently held in Romania with his brother Tristan, 34, on suspicion of organised crime and human trafficking, Tweeted Greta last December.

He provided a list of his "33 cars", including Ferraris and a Bugatti, and told the climate activist to provide an email address so he could send a list of their "enormous emissions".

The Swedish campaigner, 20, famously clapped back with hilarious sarcasm, telling the former fighter to "enlighten" her and send an email to "smalld**".

Andrew and Tristan are currently detained in Romania
Andrew and Tristan are detained in Romania ( Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Greta says he spat with Tate on Twitter turned out 'positive'
Greta says he spat with Tate on Twitter turned out 'positive' ( PA)

She appeared on this morning's episode of The View where the panel praised her "brilliant response" which they "couldn't repeat on morning TV".

Calling it the "most-liked Tweet of all time", presenters asked Greta why "awful people" like Andrew were "so triggered" by her.

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"Uh, I don't know," she told the hosts. "You'd think that those kinds of people [would be] better off using their time in some other way."

Greta explained: "There are many problems in the world that people are dealing with, but it seems like they feel so threatened or they feel like their worldview is so threatened by people like me, climate activists and environmental activists, speaking out."

Greta discussed the online confrontation this morning
Greta discussed the online confrontation this morning ( ABC / The View)

The teenager said people like Andrew "feel like they need to silence us and mock us" but admitted her very public altercation "should be seen as a positive sign".

She explained her spat with Tate "means that we are actually having an impact". Greta explained: "Otherwise they wouldn't be spending their time trolling us online."

"That's right, it means you're getting in good trouble," said one of the hosts.

Tate, 36, and his brother Tristan, 34, have been held in Romania since December and will remain locked up until at least February 27.

Greta told Tate to 'get a life' on her Twitter page
Greta told Tate to 'get a life' on her Twitter page ( ABC / The View)

They claim to have assets seized worth over $3.6million, including a number of their supercars. Both men deny the allegations.

Leaving court earlier this month, Andrew said: "Ask them for evidence and they will give you none because it doesn’t exist. You’ll find out the truth of this case soon."

His American lawyer Tina Glandian told The Mirror: "Pre-trial detention is the harshest form of punishment. Terrible things happen to people when they're in custody.

"People are killed sometimes in custody, it's dangerous and should be the method of last resort."

Tate, who has lived in Romania since 2017, was previously banned from various prominent social media platforms for expressing misogynistic views and hate speech. He was reinstated to Twitter when Elon Musk bought out the company and his account has remained active during his time in prison.

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