Donald Trump has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. Donald John Trump is an American businessperson and media personality. He is the chairman and president of The Trump Organization and the founder of Trump Entertainment Resorts. This sounds extraordinary. It’s no secret that parts of the world really don’t like Donald Trump.
After all, since declaring his presidential candidacy in June 2015, Trump has insulted a war hero, Latinos, a disabled reporter, and a popular Fox News anchor, and even once likened another Republican presidential candidate to a child molester.
But a nomination and a prize are not the same. The Nobel committees invite thousands of people every year to nominate peace prize recipients. Hundreds of candidates normally reach the desk of the Norwegian Nobel Committee.
Trump’s nomination letter said he should win the prize because of “his vigorous peace through strength ideology, used as a threat weapon of deterrence against radical Islam, ISIS, nuclear Iran and Communist China,” a Nobel watcher told French media.
It’s unclear who nominated Trump. Trump has prompted international outrage by calling for a ban on all Muslims entering the US and by saying the Mexican government is sending America “criminals, drug dealers, rapists, etc.” Then again, Trump has promised to “beat the shit out of” the Islamic State if elected president.
Nobel Peace Prize nominees are not officially revealed for 50 years, but they are often leaked, MSNBC reports. Among the top candidates for the prize are Pope Francis and Nadia Murad, a Yazidi woman who escaped from the Islamic State group after being held as a sexual slave. Harpviken adds to Reuters that Edward Snowden was also nominated for the prize. According to the Nobel website, the selection committee receives over 200 nominations each year from “members of national assemblies and governments of states, members of international courts, university rectors, professors of social sciences, history, philosophy, law and theology; directors of peace research institutes and foreign policy institutes, previous Nobel Peace Prize winners, active and former members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, and former advisers to the Norwegian Nobel Committee.” Not all 200-plus nominees are seriously considered for the prize.