Donald Trump, real estate magnate, Republican presidential candidate, and considered by some as an all-around great guy, may be adding Nobel Peace Prize winner to his portfolio of accomplishments.
The director of the Peace Research Institute of Oslo, Kristian Berg Harpviken, explains that a letter nominating Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize was sent to the Nobel committee. According to MSNBC, the letter, whose author currently remains anonymous, stated that Donald Trump should be nominated because of “vigorous peace through strength ideology, used as a threat weapon of deterrence against radical Islam, ISIS, nuclear Iran and Communist China.”
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While MSNBC has not received confirmation by the Nobel Foundation of the Trump nomination, the Agence France Presse reports they have received confirmation.
According to the Telegraph, Kristian Berg Harpviken says he has personally viewed the letter in favor of nominating Donald Trump for the prize.
“I have committed not to reveal the identity of the nominator, but what I can say is that the nominator has shared a copy of his nomination letter directly with me, that the nominator has a position which gives him the right to nominate, and that I consider it valid.”
He goes on to say that the nomination for Donald Trump, while valid, is unlikely to be chosen as the winner.
“The person who suggested it may genuinely mean it, but the person who suggested it may also realise that the very fact that Trump’s nomination gets confirmed has considerable interest in its own right, and that all publicity is good publicity.”
“The fact that you’re asking me about his nomination indicates that, if that was the thinking, it worked.”
Anonymous US politician nominated Donald Trump as Nobel Peace Prize https://t.co/GZapIDPzsi
— Telegraph News (@TelegraphNews) February 3, 2016
This doesn’t necessarily mean that Donald Trump is a shoe-in, however, as the number of qualified nominators ranks in the thousands, and every valid nomination is accepted.
Donald Trump and his outside-the-box opinions are certainly controversial. It seems people either love him or hate him — there’s no middle ground. Those who love Trump will be thrilled at the Nobel nomination, and, of course, those who dislike The Donald will not be able to understand the reason for the nomination at all.
Edward Snowden will again be on the list, as well. Kristian says he believes that Snowden has an excellent chance of winning the Nobel Peace Prize this year.
“Snowden’s leaks led to a good number of reforms in US practice and US legislation, which make it harder to still argue that he is a traitor to his country.
“The argument, which I imagine is still that of President [Barack] Obama, that he is a traitor is increasingly unsustainable. It’s not as radical a proposition in 2016 as it would have been in 2014.”
In other Trump news, The Donald has accused Senator Ted Cruz of winning the Iowa caucus due to fraud, and is demanding a repeat of the Iowa caucus, reports Reuters.
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) February 3, 2016
It is uncertain if Donald Trump will get his way this time, but there is definitely something fishy going on in the Cruz campaign. They issued voter violations to citizens in the attempt to bring in voters who previously have not turned out, and also claimed on caucus day that Dr. Ben Carson had dropped out of the race, likely resulting in extra votes for Cruz that he had no business receiving.
Do you think that Donald Trump will win the Nobel Peace Prize, or is it just another publicity stunt to raise awareness of his campaign?
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