Donald Trump Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize… Really!

When Barack Obama shocked the world by winning a Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, it was “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples,” noting his efforts to establish a “new climate” of international relations that included involving Muslims rather than chastising them.

But one of the 2016 nominees for the Nobel Peace Prize is the exact, polar opposite of President Obama. It’s a figure who seemingly hates Muslims, with his threats of banning them, forcing them to wear ID and enter national registries, vows of bringing back waterboarding, and subtle hints at internment… Donald Trump, a buffoon running for President who is as deserving of a Nobel Peace Prize as Martin Shkreli is of a high-five.

Kristian Berg Harpviken, who directs the Peace Research Institute of Oslo, revealed recently that Trump is named among roughly 200 other individuals and groups as a candidate for the 2016 prize. He confirmed with CNN that a “mystery patron” from the United States nominated The Donald.

According to Harpviken and his organization, the letter nominating Trump claimed he deserved a Peace Prize for “his vigorous peace through strength ideology, used as a threat weapon of deterrence against radical Islam, ISIS, nuclear Iran and Communist China.” Literally the exact opposite of what President Obama was awarded his prize for.

Who Nominated Trump?

No one knows who nominated Trump, and we might never know, either. The Norwegian Nobel Committee allows almost anyone to nominate a candidate, so long as they match their criteria; former Nobel winners (or the boards of organizations who’ve won the prize), elected politicians, members of international courts, university professors… the list of possible nominators is pretty lengthy.

My own best guess? It’s probably a radical conservative who is still butt-hurt over the fact that President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, and obviously someone who wants to give Trump’s name a bump in the news cycle… as if he hasn’t dominated the news already for the better part of a year.

Could Trump Really Win a Nobel Peace Prize?

Here’s the part where Trump supporters get to drop an F-bomb, and the rest of us get to breath a sigh of relief: Trump has little to no chance of actually winning the Nobel Peace Prize.

Harpviken, whose opinion is well-respected in all things regarding the Nobel Peace Prize, named his own favorites for the prize as Edward Snowden, two negotiators who helped with the Iran nuclear deal, and others… Donald Trump certainly isn’t on that list.

Trump will more likely fall into the category of hilariously undeserving nominees, a list which includes figures like Adolf Hitler, Vladmir Putin, Josef Stalin, Fidel Castro, Benito Mussolini, and Rush Limbaugh. He’s certainly in good company there, isn’t he?

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