Presidential frontrunner Donald Trump has allegedly been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, according to a recent report by Agence France-Presse (AFP).
Kristian Berg Harpviken , the director of the Peace Research Institute of Oslo, told AFP that he had received a nomination letter that claimed Trump was deserving of the Peace 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.”
It’s important to note that just about anyone can be nominated for the Peace Prize, and while they could be a contender and entered, that does not necessarily mean that The Nobel Institute approves of the nomination—it simply means it is a valid nomination.
It is not known who made the nomination.
There are thousands of people that are allowed to make nominations—government officials, members of parliament, a handful of university professors—but it’s appalling to imagine that any of these people would consider Trump worthy of the Nobel Peace Prize. This is especially true considering his hateful rhetoric concerning Muslim Americans, war, and women’s rights.
While the nominations are generally kept secret, Harpviken suggests that Trump has some pretty steep competition.
Reportedly, other notable candidates include Pope Francis, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Nadia Murad, both of whom escaped ISIS clutches and have worked hard to rally around women enslaved by the terrorist group, as well as Edward Snowden, the man that exposed mass surveillance by the US National Security Agency.
Harpviken seems to think that Snowden has the best chance of winning 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," Harpviken told AFP.
The winner of the 2016 prize will be announced in early October. Whoever wins, let’s all hope and pray that it’s not a fear-mongering racist like Trump.
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